Review: Mathias Spohr (2003). Das gemeinsame Maß. Ansätze zu einer allgemeinen Medientheorie [The Common Measure. Approaches to a General Media Theory]

  • Reinhard Kacianka Universität Klagenfurt
Keywords: anthropology, media and cultural sciences, difference/indifference, criticism of civilization and technology

Abstract

Matthias SPOHR attempts to explain the effects of a Media Turn and argues that measuring is the actual medium. Citing most of the influential authors in the fields of philosophy, media theory and poststructuralism, he sets out to outline a General Media Theory. He confronts the challenge in a very erudite manner, but seems to lose his way in a fragmented world marked by contradictory positions. He tries to harmonise highly heterogeneous viewpoints but as a result his thoughts are not really informative. Taking a global view of his 300-page commentary, one has to conclude that "less would have been more" and that a competent and critical editor ought to have intervened in order to make Mathias SPOHR's intellectual efforts more effective. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050250

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Author Biography

Reinhard Kacianka, Universität Klagenfurt
Reinhard KACIANKA (Jg. 1957) ist Medien- und Kulturwissenschafter an der Universität Klagenfurt. Seine Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind die Bereiche Medien- und Kulturwissenschaft; insbes. im Sinne von Medienästhetik und -ontologie.
Published
2005-05-31
How to Cite
Kacianka, R. (2005). Review: Mathias Spohr (2003). Das gemeinsame Maß. Ansätze zu einer allgemeinen Medientheorie [The Common Measure. Approaches to a General Media Theory]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.2.485