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Comunicar Journal 20: Guidance and Mass Media (Vol. 10 - 2003)

Silence as the ethic basis of communication


Manuel-Javier Callejo-Gallego


This paper is a reflection on the loss of silence suffered by our societies. We accept without critical distance the permanent flow of messages, sounds, words and images which is produced by the communication machines. We rarely think about the social, cultural and political implications of silence exclusion. Recently this reflection has been the aim of the works by David Le Breton and Paul Virilio. Both contributions are analysed.


Modernity, communication machines, critical thought, social relations, cultural logic of the end of history

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