There seem to be many works on "Philosophy and..." this or that popular TV show; philosophical takes on the ethical contents of tv shows; and works on television in critical theory, pop culture, and media studies, after than manner of the Frankfurt School.

But are there any good philosophical theories that incorporate the advent of "television" (in the largest, interactive sense) into a deeper, perhaps epistemological or phenomenological treatment? Something more like Hegel's treatment of art and history.

Perhaps I am missing a whole genre of philosophical work, but television seems so radical and fundamental to the Zeitgeist as to warrant a bigger place in the literature. Any suggestions?

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    Perhaps Jean Baudrillard - The Ecstasy of Communication. I'm not sure though if it fits your criteria. – John Am Oct 7 '15 at 19:37
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    Thanks, actually I forgot all about Baudrillard. Maybe I'll check and see how well he ages. – Nelson Alexander Oct 7 '15 at 19:48
  • i dislike your trivialisation of critical theory, but a genuine "phenomenology of television" would be fun – user6917 Oct 7 '15 at 22:48
  • you could try tracking down this asc.upenn.edu/news-events/events/… or chapter five of Television and the Moral Imaginary: Society Through the Small Screen... etc. – user6917 Oct 7 '15 at 22:50
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    Television is so last century. I'll do you better, Dreyfus wrote a book on philosophy of Internet cryptome.org/2013/01/aaron-swartz/On-the-Internet.pdf But if you insist here is Nuncio:"the transition from modern to postmodern. From location to bilocation and virtual location—the entire route of cultural turns has made the possibility of postmodern regimented bodies through the television". ejournals.ph/… – Conifold Oct 8 '15 at 0:24

Apparently, there is a text by Popper on TV.

The french translation is " La lélévision, un danger pour la démocratie".

I cannot find the original reference in english.

Also, Boudieu ( a sociologist with a philosophical academic background) :


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Not as related to formal philosophical discourse as critical theory, David Foster Wallace's famous essay E Unibus Pluram is a great analysis on TV culture.

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  • I wish those who had marked this down 2 had given some explanation. I have not read this book but to have 2 negative votes when I came along, this seems excessive to me. – Gordon Dec 31 '19 at 19:00

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