Opening remarks at the Philosophy of Telecommunications Convergence conference (caveat).

Recapitulates his own move into this subject. Worked in traditional subjects like philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, but in the late 1980s rediscovered 1920s and 1930s Hungarian philosophy of communication writing on silent reading, writing techniques, film theory. (They were read by Marshall McLuhan, and influenced his work; it sounds like their relationship to McLuhan is like Ludwig Fleck's relationship to Thomas Kuhn.)

"When the Internet arrived, we were conceptually equipped to understand it," likewise for mobile communications. In 2001, launched the first conference on the mobile information society.

In 2005, just when it seemed like the field has been worked through, convergence started getting real, and it all started again. Today, we don't have a good vision of what telecommunications convergence means, or where it's headed; "the road ahead in bumpy, theoretically speaking."

The one thing that's clear is that convergence is no simple matter: it means convergence in the digital sense (when everything is zeroes and ones), essential objects (digital device platforms), cultural sense (convergence of activities), action/activity spaces, language, philosophical and literary theory, and the body itself. The purpose over the next few days is to map this territory.

[ Posted from Hungarian Academy of Sciences via plazes.com ]

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