Evil media and the metaphor of a gray zone. Lecture for media studies students at University of Zagreb



Year of publication 2015
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description One of the most provocative current contributions to think through possibilities of understanding media is a study Towards Evil Media Studies, 2007, written by Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey and their subsequent book Evil media, 2012. The authors are inspired by a controversial legacy of Niccolo Machiavelli, Baltasar Gracian and especially Arthur Schopenhauer and his Eristic Dialectic: the Art of Being Right (1830–1831). There is a whole network of complex and unnoticed relationships among programmed media and their users. Fuller and Goffey lead us to imagine this environment as a gray zone that provides space for manipulation. The lecture presents the history of the metaphor of gray zone as well as examples of grayness and evil in contemporary social media.
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