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發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 1 0 年前


The quantitative pressure of modern knowledge has been responsible for the decay of oral dialectic and conversation. The passive reading of newspapers and newspaper placards and the small number of signigicant magazines and books point to the dominance of conversation by the newspaper and to the pervasive influence of discontinuity, which is, of course, the characteristic of the newspaper, as it is of the dictionary.

Oral talk, he asserts, is distinct from ‘the cruelty of mechanized communication’ that marks the modern world. Note that arguments later directed to television here aim at the newspaper. More recently, the Italian sociologist Franco Ferrarotti has written a book ‘on the social impact of the mass media’ called The End of Conversation. Many others could be summoned to bear witness of the modern silences between people: existentialists, mass-society theorists, or popular song-writers from Joni Mitchell to Thom Yorke.

Both the lament and the hope for media and conversation point to a curious consensus. How to understand this agreement? Why do thinkers normally so contentious about everything else agree on conversation? When everyone agrees it is usually a sign of a hegemony of some sort. Conversation’s definition is elastic and con range from descriptive to normative, from chatter to soulful communion, from the artful dodging of courtly conversation, the bourgeois authenticity of intimacy, to the soul-flights of Platonic or Buberian dialogue and micro-analyses of conversation analysis. The stakes in arguments about this protean concept are always bigger than what is falsely called mere talk, and in what follows I hope to nuance the argument by placing it in the context of two long-term historical trends regarding media and conversation.

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  • 1 0 年前

    數量壓力的現代知識已經負責口頭論理的推論和交談的衰退。 報紙的消極閱讀和報紙公告和重要性雜誌的小數字和書根據報紙指向交談的支配和對斷絕的普遍影響力,當然,是報紙的特性,因為它是有字典的。


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