Communication resources: between media and power

  • Juremir Machado da Silva
Keywords: Harold Innis, print, paper, imaginary, technology, Vilém Flusser


This paper analyzes the view of Harold Innis in relation to the resources of written communication across time and scrutinizes the relationship between power, society and channels through media. It focuses on the up-to-dateness of the work, “Te bias of communication”, only translated in Brazil in 2011. It refects on the transience of all the resources of writing. It questions the commitment of men from each era to dominant resources in their times. It crosses the thoughts of Innis with those of Flusser. Question: what will disappear: paper or writing? What will communication look like without paper?


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Author Biography

Juremir Machado da Silva
Coordenador do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). Doutor em Sociologia pela Sorbonne, Paris V.
How to Cite
Machado da Silva, J. (2013). Communication resources: between media and power. MATRIZes, 7(1), 47-57.