HomeLUMINAvol. 22 no. 1 (2011)

Media Ecology, Globalization, and Emancipation: Beyond the Carnivalesque

Frederick David Abraham

Discipline: Social, Philosophical, Anthropological Science



We wanted to examine a simple question for which there may be no answer. We viewed almost every psychological or social system as “chaotic” in the more formal sense of systems theory, due to the result of a mixture of forces of convergence toward totalizing ideologies and forces of divergence and cultural diversity somewhat akin to Bakhtin’s concepts of diologic, heteroglossia, polyphony, and unfinalizability. So the question we posed was, to what extent does electronic communication (the mode of information) tend to favor forces toward totalization versus the liberating forces of the dialogic?”