Genesis of the Media Concept

@article{Guillory2010GenesisOT,
  title={Genesis of the Media Concept},
  author={J. Anthony Guillory},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={2010},
  volume={36},
  pages={321 - 362}
}
  • J. Guillory
  • Published 20 December 2010
  • Art
  • Critical Inquiry
1. Mimesis and Medium The word media hints at a rich philological history extending back to the Latin medius, best exemplified in the familiar narrative topos of classical epic: in medias res. Yet the path by which this ancient word for “middle” came to serve as the collective noun for our most advanced communication technologies is difficult to trace. The philological record informs us that the substantive noun medium was rarely connected with matters of communication before the later… 

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