Television Archive

  • Nietzsche once wrote that “our writing instruments contribute to our thoughts” in reference to his switch from a pen to the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball typewriter. He was responding in a letter to his friend Peter Gast, who had noted the change in writing style. Friedrich Kittler describes this as a change from “arguments to aphorisms, from thoughts to puns, from rhetoric to telegram style.” Nietzsche was in a unique position for making this reflection on how writing instruments contribute to our thoughts, as he was perhaps the first philosopher to make such a transition. For the curious, the switch was […]

    The Bias of Communication

    Nietzsche once wrote that “our writing instruments contribute to our thoughts” in reference to his switch from a pen to the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball typewriter. He was responding in a letter to his friend Peter Gast, who had noted the change in writing style. Friedrich Kittler describes this as a change from “arguments to aphorisms, from thoughts to puns, from rhetoric to telegram style.” Nietzsche was in a unique position for making this reflection on how writing instruments contribute to our thoughts, as he was perhaps the first philosopher to make such a transition. For the curious, the switch was […]

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  • Merry Moral Monday! Several of us—JustHeath included—here at Philosophy Matters are purveyors of the British science fiction series Doctor Who.  In fact, J J Sylvia, the founder of the website, has even written a very good chapter in a  centered on the philosophy of the television program.  This past Saturday night, I happened to catch an episode on MPB, the Mississippi affiliate of PBS that will serve as a starting point for today’s moral dilemma. So, come along [Ponds], and…Geronimo! “The Wedding of River Song” (2011) In the  finale, the show’s main protagonist, the Doctor, has to save the entire […]

    Moral Monday: The Wedding of River Song

    Merry Moral Monday! Several of us—JustHeath included—here at Philosophy Matters are purveyors of the British science fiction series Doctor Who.  In fact, J J Sylvia, the founder of the website, has even written a very good chapter in a  centered on the philosophy of the television program.  This past Saturday night, I happened to catch an episode on MPB, the Mississippi affiliate of PBS that will serve as a starting point for today’s moral dilemma. So, come along [Ponds], and…Geronimo! “The Wedding of River Song” (2011) In the  finale, the show’s main protagonist, the Doctor, has to save the entire […]

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  • Aloha! LKAwesome recently posed readers a series of related questions: “So tell us over here at Philosophy Matters what brings you comfort when the weather gets colder. Is it family? Friends? A lucky sweatshirt or a favorite meal? How do you know when it is time to reach for that comfort?” Today, I’m going to respond to those queries by discussing a few of my favorite Christmas television specials.  Admittedly, I do not always handle nostalgia very well…even good nostalgia associated with the holidays and being a child.  However, I still enjoy watching these tales, and I suspect I do […]

    Holiday Comfort: TV Edition

    Aloha! LKAwesome recently posed readers a series of related questions: “So tell us over here at Philosophy Matters what brings you comfort when the weather gets colder. Is it family? Friends? A lucky sweatshirt or a favorite meal? How do you know when it is time to reach for that comfort?” Today, I’m going to respond to those queries by discussing a few of my favorite Christmas television specials.  Admittedly, I do not always handle nostalgia very well…even good nostalgia associated with the holidays and being a child.  However, I still enjoy watching these tales, and I suspect I do […]

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  • A new book explores the impact that a person’s media viewing habits can have on the quality of their life and ability to achieve happiness. WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 15, 2012 Meridian, Mississippi, USA – This November, author J.J. Sylvia IV has released the book “The Effects of TV: How To Be Happy and Live the Good Life,” available throughAmazon.com. This book focuses on the ways that viewing television can prevent one from living the good life. With degrees in both communication and philosophy, the author is able to bring these two fields together and make a convincing and thorough argument against […]

    The Effects of TV: How To Be Happy and Live the Good Life

    A new book explores the impact that a person’s media viewing habits can have on the quality of their life and ability to achieve happiness. WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 15, 2012 Meridian, Mississippi, USA – This November, author J.J. Sylvia IV has released the book “The Effects of TV: How To Be Happy and Live the Good Life,” available throughAmazon.com. This book focuses on the ways that viewing television can prevent one from living the good life. With degrees in both communication and philosophy, the author is able to bring these two fields together and make a convincing and thorough argument against […]

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  • Merry Moral Monday! So, I’ve been told there’s some sort of democratic rights of citizens shindig going on tomorrow.  In honour of electing complete strangers to later actually elect (or re-elect) the personage who shall bear the burdensome title of “Mr. President,” I wanted to pose a couple of questions for readers to consider critically.  The first is “who has the most influence on you regarding voting?”  I recently had a colleague tell me she just voted for whomever her significant other suggested, and I started to wonder how prevalent that is across the country.  I’ve also been pondering how […]

    Moral Monday: Political Advertisements (TV Edition)

    Merry Moral Monday! So, I’ve been told there’s some sort of democratic rights of citizens shindig going on tomorrow.  In honour of electing complete strangers to later actually elect (or re-elect) the personage who shall bear the burdensome title of “Mr. President,” I wanted to pose a couple of questions for readers to consider critically.  The first is “who has the most influence on you regarding voting?”  I recently had a colleague tell me she just voted for whomever her significant other suggested, and I started to wonder how prevalent that is across the country.  I’ve also been pondering how […]

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  • CNN recently published an interesting feature on undecided voters in the 2012 election. This post isn’t about the politics of the article – rather, it’s about the decision to include both the television and what’s on the television as one of the important elements of the profile of a person. And of course, the token atelevisionist is also included – the “single woman” archetype who has “NO TV”, though I don’t find that archetype to actually be very representative. How much does the type of television you have and the shows that you watch on it say about you? Does it say enough […]

    Undecided Voters: The Importance of TV

    CNN recently published an interesting feature on undecided voters in the 2012 election. This post isn’t about the politics of the article – rather, it’s about the decision to include both the television and what’s on the television as one of the important elements of the profile of a person. And of course, the token atelevisionist is also included – the “single woman” archetype who has “NO TV”, though I don’t find that archetype to actually be very representative. How much does the type of television you have and the shows that you watch on it say about you? Does it say enough […]

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