2010 [chapter], Audio Media in the Service of the Totalitarian State?, in: Totalitarian Communication: Hierarchies, Codes and Messages. 2010: 157-177. ISBN 3837613933

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Abstract

The question concerning the logical relationship between the structures and media of totalitarianism has been treated controversially in contemporary scholarship. A large part of the relevant publications (represented by Franz Borkenau, Walter Laqueur and Hannah Arendt) defines totalitarian power primarily as the power of the minority over the majority and, following Aristotle, sees the latter as rooted in structures of political order. A second corpus of research increasingly interprets totalitarianism as technological power and associates it with scientific inventions in the field of telecommunications. In this second corpus, the radio, the loudspeaker and sound film, i.e. media forms that realize the principle of optical sound recording, are assigned a structuralizing function with regard to the reproduction and continuity of totalitarian power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTotalitarian Communication: Hierarchies, Codes and Messages. Ed. Kirill Postoutenko. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag
PublisherTranscript Verlag
Pages157-177
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)3837613933
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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