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Uncertainty and Communication
 
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Uncertainty and Communication
New Theoretical Investigations
 
 
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25 Jul 2007
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We live in a risk society - or network society - that has turned liquid, inhabitants of a multi-layered information-rich environment. The uncertainties of noise, gossip, rumour, disinformation and 'chatter' surround us, demanding our interpretations. And yet, despite the abundance of social science literature on uncertainly, there is still a serious lag in communication theory. The main claim of this book is therefore that theories of intersubjectivity, dialogue and understanding are now out of joint with our world. We need to return to a theory of the ethics of interpretation which casts off the fetters of both the intersubjective paradigm of Habermas' rationalistic communication theory and systems-theoretical responses to that paradigm which seriously neglect the role of the human agent. Uncertainty and Communication offers new theoretical investigations into the communicating subject in society. It argues that although the noise of our world creates informational strain for agents and the pressure to interpret from multiple truths, multiple selves and multiple realities, that very interpretative pressure is the ethical imperative of the communicating subject.


Description

We live in a risk society - or network society - that has turned liquid, inhabitants of a multi-layered information-rich environment. The uncertainties of noise, gossip, rumour, disinformation and 'chatter' surround us, demanding our interpretations. And yet, despite the abundance of social science literature on uncertainly, there is still a serious lag in communication theory. The main claim of this book is therefore that theories of intersubjectivity, dialogue and understanding are now out of joint with our world. We need to return to a theory of the ethics of interpretation which casts off the fetters of both the intersubjective paradigm of Habermas' rationalistic communication theory and systems-theoretical responses to that paradigm which seriously neglect the role of the human agent. Uncertainty and Communication offers new theoretical investigations into the communicating subject in society. It argues that although the noise of our world creates informational strain for agents and the pressure to interpret from multiple truths, multiple selves and multiple realities, that very interpretative pressure is the ethical imperative of the communicating subject.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Why Communication is Not as Certain as We Might Think
Intersubjectivity, Dialogue and the Limits of Sharedness
The Limited Reach of Universal Pragmatics
The Limited Reach of Communication Systems
Uncertainty and Social Communication Theory
The Communicating Subject
Radical Translation and Interpretation Across Ideologies and Cultures
New Communication Uncertainties and Mediapolitics
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

COLIN B. GRANT is Professor of Communication Studies and Head of School, Department of Culture and Communication at the University of Surrey, UK. He is Chair, Philosophy of Communication Section, European Communication Research and Education Association. His publications include Literary Communication From Consensus to Rupture, Functions and Fictions of Communication (co-editor with D. McLaughlin), Language-Meaning-Social Construction, Rethinking Communicative Interaction (editor).