The rise of the image, the fall of the word

Mitchell Stephens

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    "Mitchell Stephens asserts that the moving image is likely to make our thoughts not more feeble but more robust. Stephens demonstrates that the charges that have been leveled against television have been faced by most new media, including writing and print. Centuries elapsed before most of these new forms of communication would be used to produce works of art and intellect of sufficient stature to overcome this inevitable mistrust and nostalgia. Using examples taken from the history of photography and film, as well as MTV, experimental films, and Pepsi commercials, the author considers the kinds of work that might unleash, in time, the full power of moving images. And he argues that these works - an emerging computer-edited and -distributed "new video"--Have the potential to inspire transformations in thought on a level with those inspired by the products of writing and print. Stephens sees in video's complexities, simultaneities, and juxtapositions, new ways of understanding and perhaps even surmounting the tumult and confusions of contemporary life."--Jacket
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages259
    ISBN (Print)9780195098297, 0195098293
    StatePublished - 1998


    • Communication visuelle
    • Films
    • Visuelle Kommunikation
    • Television broadcasting
    • Film
    • Televisie
    • Télévision
    • Fernsehen
    • Cultuurverandering
    • Neue Medien
    • Visual communication
    • Beeldcultuur
    • Television
    • Fernsehforschung
    • Philosophie au cinéma
    • Motion pictures


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