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Authors:Anastasia Deligiaouri: MA in Public Law and Political Science, PhD Candidate in Political Science, Scholar of the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece
Zissis Papadimitriou: Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law and Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Publication title:The Cultural Identity of Homo Videns in Mediated City Spaces
Conference:The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25–29 October; 2006
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:020
Article No.:014
Abstract:Contemporary societies are organized under the rules of “mediated” civilization. Steadily we have passed from homo-sapiens who premised rational thinking as his basic principle to “homo – videns” who privileged the sense of vision against the procedure of logical estimation. Media gaining a dominant position in everyday life have managed to accustom interpersonal relationships; social structure and cultural identities to a mediated context where the sense of direct communication and exchange of ideas is almost a lost case. The problem of true communication; of real human relationships is even exaggerated in big cities where people tend to construct their identities and consequently their behavior; according to stereotypes presented in media. Since the notion of time; effectiveness; and speed are extremely important for “visual” citizens the lack of interpersonal communication leads inevitably to an isolated; “self-made” identity that each one of us constructs for himself; letting alone any common cultural experience. “Homo videns” in modern cities is a media product and his only true and common shared identity is this of “common visuality”. As Hans Georg Gadamer has warned us: “From ’readers’ we have become spectators of the world”.
Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:10
Pages:139–148
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/020/014/ecp072014.pdf
Available:2007-03-06
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Anastasia Deligiaouri, Zissis Papadimitriou (2006). The Cultural Identity of Homo Videns in Mediated City Spaces, The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25–29 October; 2006 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=020;article=014 (accessed 11/24/2014)