Statistic intersubjectivity: A phenomenology of television audiences
Author(s): Ferencz-Flatz, Christian
In the following paper I engage in a phenomenological interpretation of the so-called ‘modernity-thesis’ – the idea that perception is historically mutable, while cinema in particular and modern media in general are symptoms of such mutations – in Walter Benjamin’s ARTWORK essay. Thus, in the first part of the paper I specifically follow the impact that the increasing significance of the masses in contemporary life and the corresponding rise of statistics in the field of theoretical thought have on perception. In the second part of the paper I try to apply Benjamin’s insights for an analysis of television audiences while drawing the consequences that derive from here for a phenomenological understanding of intersubjectivity.
Ferencz-Flatz, Christian: Statistic intersubjectivity: A phenomenology of television audiences. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 6 (2017), Nr. 1, S. 15–33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/3376.
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