WINNER OF THE LEWIS MUMFORD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP IN THE ECOLOGY OF TECHNICS FOR 2010!
"Peter K. Fallon believes that ethics and metaphysic...moreWINNER OF THE LEWIS MUMFORD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP IN THE ECOLOGY OF TECHNICS FOR 2010!
"Peter K. Fallon believes that ethics and metaphysics should never be limited to professional academic philosophers and theologians. In The Metaphysics of Media Fallon takes a courageous stand against our popular culture of media and the postmodern view of information as a salable commodity. He investigates how and why different media, through different historical eras, have engendered and supported certain concepts of reality – at the expense of others. He begins with a critical discussion of the essential idea of objective reality and truth. Fallon then unfolds the story of the evolution of communication through four major eras and the metaphysical foundation that underlies each era and concludes with a look at the troubling rise of mass ignorance in what we call (without a hint of irony) an "age of information."
"Fallon brings keen insight, wit, and wisdom to bear on the momentous issues and questions related to today's media and to their raison d'etre and modus operandi as envisioned and actualized by their 'masters and practitioners' -- owners, directors, talking heads -- and, with our own complicity, us. One way or another, even for those who try to 'tune it out', in this age epitomized by the battle between CNN and Fox News, the media surround and affect us all, and Fallon's voice needs to be heard. Everyone who reads this book will be challenged to examine how they understand the media, and how much they allow the media to 'fill up' their lives, their minds, their hearts, and their souls. In what he calls our "age of darkness", Fallon shines a very bright light on the media and how we allow ourselves to be affected by it. Can you turn off your TV and your computer and your radio and your iTunes and your cell phone long enough to quietly read this book?"
Reactions from the blind reviewer, via University of Scranton Press:
"Fallon has taken on a weighty and daunting task in this work...this manuscript is very well written, very well argued and despite its length, concise and coherent... It makes an important contribution to a variety of disciplines, including, media studies, cultural studies, ethics and the history of technology and culture...very strong, it reminds me in some ways of the writing of the late Neil Postman (http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?re...), who the author quotes extensively. The author’s passion is welcome, especially in a field where the passivity and neutral voice is often looked upon as key to a well written text... I think that this work is a welcome cannon shot across the bow of post-modernism, and will spark much needed debate. Fallon’s passion and emotional connection serve him well and I think this book will be well received..."
Reaction from the publisher:
Fallon is "waging a one man battle in the discipline. A voice crying in the wilderness, like John the Baptist... (When the book is published) maybe that voice will be heard by more people...It challenges a reader on every page...Grand work."
And, after reading one chapter (In the Dark) in 2002, the Late Georgetown University Professor of Theology and Catholic intellectual Monika Hellwig said "I certainly hope you will publish it. It would attract the attention of the right people in America," and called it "a truly significant piece of work."(less)
If you are a lover -- no, a student! -- of the poetry of William Butler Yeats, this volume is a must-have.
This is the comprehensive collection of his...moreIf you are a lover -- no, a student! -- of the poetry of William Butler Yeats, this volume is a must-have.
This is the comprehensive collection of his entire body of poetic work, annotated with every revision, emendation, or excision that occurred over the course of each poem's printings. There are scholarly essays about Yeats' life, work, and social milieu of late 19th-early 20th century Ireland; his dabbling in the occult, his work with the Abbey theatre, his politics, his neighbors, family, and loves.
This is one of my most cherished and constantly-read books.