The silenced medium: theoretical re-flections on a media theory of Walter Benjamin
Keywords: Walter Benjamin, medium, media theory, communications theory, media philosophy
AbstractThis paper presents a communicational and theoretical reflection on the conceptual difference between medium (Medium) and means (Mittel) proposed by Walter Benjamin in his essay On Language as Such and on the Language of Man, written in 1916. The present text discusses that such terminological refinement grounds a communication theory in opposition to the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign. Through a revision of the Brazilian versions of some Benjamin’s texts, this paper intends to restate the question of the medium in the work of the German philosopher: question that is often silenced in the national translations.
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Liesen, M. (2014). The silenced medium: theoretical re-flections on a media theory of Walter Benjamin. MATRIZes, 8(2), 243-257. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v8i2p243-257