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Philosophy for Multisensory Communication and Media

Keith Kenney

Multisensory media – hybrid media that engage more than the auditory and visual senses – is beginning to change the way that we communicate. While hardware and software for capturing and emitting different types of sensory data are still being developed, this book lays a theoretical foundation for their use. Drawing upon the ideas of philosophers who write about sensory perception as well as each of the senses, Keith Kenney explains the issues that communication and media scholars will need to investigate as we begin to exchange haptic, olfactory, and even gustatory messages.

Scholars interested in communication theory, media theory, and multimodality will discover new ideas by current philosophers, while scholars of sensory studies will learn how their field can be extended to communication and media. Designers of multisensory experiences, such as videogame developers, will find practical suggestions for creating richer and more meaningful experiences. A dozen sidebars apply philosophical ideas to common experiences so that the text can be used in advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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A Abram, David, 44, 51–53, 145–148, 169 Absorption (as used by Korsmeyer), 123, 138 Abstract Arts, 117, 152–153, 158, 171, 175, 186, 188–189, 191 Concepts/Ideas, 11, 14, 16, 41, 52, 54, 117, 223 Experience, 185, 188 Forms, 154–157 Abstracting, 17, 156–158 Abstractions, 52, 179–182, 188 Technical images, 180–181 Traditional images, 180 Texts, 179–180 Act Theory, 50, 59 Activity Theory,19–20, 26–27 Aesthetics, 12–13 Historical (versus contemporary), 12–13 Popular music, 17, 134, 152–153, 160 Social, 13, 17, 109, 119–121 Tasting, 17, 119–121, 124 Affect/Affection/Affective, 77, 82–83, 128, 145–146, 158, 162, 182, 189, 197 Affordance Theory, 19, 25–26 Agency, 15, 31, 56, 171, 194, 200, 214, 216–217, 221, 223 Distributed, 194, 223 Human-technology, 17, 205–206 Aggregate Theory of Perception, 43 Aleph-beth, 147–148 Amalgor, Uri, 97–98 Analytic philosophy, 8 Animals, 51, 54, 63, 124, 164 Distinct from humans, 146–147, 195, 213–214 Perception, 25–26 Sensory thinkers, 188 Sounds, 51, 54, 146–147, 161–162, 169, 212–214 Apparatuses (as used by Flusser), 181, 193, 207–209 240 index Photography, 207–209 Apple Watches, 2, 14, 61 Arts, Interactive, 5, 13, 31, 70–72, 100, 130–132, 196–197 (See Auditory arts; Gustatory arts; Haptic arts; Olfactory arts; Visual arts) Artificial life, 199–200 Aristotle, 42–43 “Art of the Scent,” 98–100 Au Hasard, Balthazar (1966), 213–214 Auditory arts (see Music) Auditory media, 133–134 Auditory sense,...

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