Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Anthony M. Wachs
Ronald C. Arnett
formal cause, education, trivium, mimesis, psychology, hermeneutics, phenomenology, tetrad, mediation, cyberspace
The work synthesizes Marshall McLuhan’s transformation model of communication with a trivium-based educational model and challenges the modern-day position of unreflective mediated communication. McLuhan’s transformation model demonstrates that communication is more than the transfer of content; rather, it is a transformation of perception. This work broadens the analysis and suggests that figure and ground relationships are integral to seeing the whole of media transformations. Through figure and ground relationships, communication unfolds as a study of perceptual change. The work explores perceptual change within the context of McLuhan’s conversion to the Catholic Church and underscores the importance of a unified mind and body as integral to understanding and comprehending the greater reality of the cosmos in our digital age of a philosophically embedded Cartesian dualism.
Grafton, L. (2021). Communication as Change: Marshall McLuhan and a Transformation Model of Communication (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1976
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