The Legacies of Media Physicalism
This chapter deviates from early twentieth-century case studies and considers how these earlier attitudes about emotion and technology have carried over into the early twenty-first century. Despite a series of ebbs and flows in both social scientific and popular attitudes toward technology and emotion, the physicalist outlook of the early twentieth century became embedded in a range of institutions and practices. Likewise, many of the utopian and dystopian concerns that greeted the radio and phonograph have surrounded the new media of the digital age as well. The chapter shows how the same concerns about technological sophistication and emotional stimulation that characterized the early twentieth century are still at work today. It uses research about the philosophical mind in critiquing media physicalism as an approach, and to further explain the theoretical and philosophical premises underlying the book's analyses.
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