Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology

Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology

Corey Anton brings together some of his most well-received essays in this collection integrating the fields of media ecology and general semantics, of great interest to those concerned over the changing role of reading and literacy

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Communication Uncovered:
General Semantics and Media Ecology

by Corey Anton


In this highly readable and well-arranged compilation—including his much celebrated “The Practice of Reading Good Books” and award-winning “Playing with Bateson”—Corey Anton brings together some of his most accessible and well-received essays.

The collection, in addition to advancing and integrating the fields of media ecology and general semantics, will be of great interest to people who are concerned over the changing role of reading and literacy in contemporary life.

A stimulating and provocative book having wide relevance to scholars and students in the areas of semiotics, rhetorical theory, orality/literacy studies, philosophy of communication, pedagogical theory, and communication theory, Communication Uncovered offers countless insights and broad-based orientations regarding the nature of language, linguistic and communicative habits, communication technologies, and symbolic practices more generally. This is a “must have” resource for anyone interested in multidisciplinary communication theory.

Corey Anton will be donating all proceeds and royalties from this book to the Institute of General Semantics.

Superb scholarship. The range and depth of the author’s comprehension is stunning. Professor Anton has made a groundbreaking contribution to the field. Scholars, take note!

--Lee Thayer
Distinguished Professor (ret.) and Author of Explaining Things


Anton’s thoughts on reading and education, especially poignant in this time of rapidly declining literacy, are nicely complemented by the suggestions and observations on ecology of media. His characteristic wit and wisdom enliven every essay herein.

--Eric McLuhan


Corey Anton brings a brilliantly original voice to the discipline of general semantics, the field of media ecology, and the theories associated with cybernetics and the systems view. Scholarly, passionate, and inspired, this collection of essays should be required reading for anyone interested in human communication, signification, symbolization, and mediation.

--Lance Strate
Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University
Author of On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology
Past president of the Media Ecology Association
Former Executive Director of the Institute of General Semantics


This book is for the growing number of professors who are concerned about reading and traditional literacy skills in education. Aspects of communication are revealed in Anton’s provocative essays which guide us to a better humanistic understanding of communication.

--Susan B. Barnes
Professor, College of Liberal Arts, RIT

Table of Contents

PART I: Pedagogical Orientations

Chapter 1: The Practice of Reading Good Books: A Plea to Teachers and Students
Chapter 2: Learning about Education Metaphors: Study as a Way of Life

PART II: Explorations in General Semantics

Chapter 3: Playing With Bateson: Denotation, Logical Types, and Analog and Digital Communication
Chapter 4: A Levels Orientation to Abstraction, Logical Typing, and Language More Generally
Chapter 5: Korzybski and Bateson: Paradoxes in ‘Consciousness of Abstracting’
Chapter 6: Is There a Territory Without Maps?
Chapter 7: The Thing Is Not Itself: Artefactual Metonymy and the World of Antiques

PART III: Media Ecological Studies

Chapter 8: History, Orientations, and Future Directions of Media Ecology
Chapter 9: Early Western Writing, Sensory Modalities, and Modern Alphabetic Literacy: On the Origins of Representational Theorizing
Chapter 10: Clocks, Synchronization, and the Fate of Leisure: A Brief Media Ecological History of Digital Technologies

PART IV: Resources and Meditations

Chapter 11: Words to Live By: Scholarly Quotations as Proverbial Theories
Chapter 12: Aphorisms, Insights, and Other Comic Resources for Modern Intellectuals

Available in hardcover and softcover, as well as in Kindle format from Amazon and Nook format from Barnes & Noble.

2011.  198 pages.  ISBN 0982755953.   9.2 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches


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