Epistemic interface in the discourse of new media culture

Alek­san­dr A. Teslev
Tikhvin med­ical col­lege

Epis­temic inter­face in the dis­course of new media cul­ture

Abstract. This arti­cle focus­es on the epis­temic inter­face that may be dis­tin­guished in the new media cul­ture dis­course. The author aims to find out the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the epis­temic inter­face as «the sys­tem of coor­di­nates» for the new-media cul­ture. Since this sub­ject is ana­lyzed in con­text of the new media cul­ture dis­course, it neces­si­tates to study the media dis­course as well, treat­ing it as an epis­temic process. The new media cul­ture dis­course demon­strates a dis­tinct char­ac­ter marked with quite pecu­liar fea­tures, and might be defined as the process of gen­er­at­ing, repro­duc­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing social­ly and cul­tur­al­ly sig­nif­i­cant mean­ings and knowl­edge. The arti­cle exam­ines the expe­ri­ence on con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of the epis­temic inter­face, which might be viewed in a rel­a­tive­ly nar­row his­tor­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal ret­ro­spec­tive, and in a num­ber of mod­ern philo­soph­i­cal stud­ies as well. The author sug­gests a def­i­n­i­tion of epis­temic inter­face and decides on a rel­e­vant the­o­ret­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal research foun­da­tion bas­ing on the char­ac­ter of the sub­ject. The key method here is the sys­tems approach allow­ing to describe and com­pre­hend the new media cul­ture as a com­plex dynam­ic sys­tem. Anoth­er method is the dis­course analy­sis allow­ing to dis­tin­guish the spe­cif­ic prop­er­ties of the new media cul­ture through the study of com­mu­nica­tive prac­tices that occur in it and about it. The his­tor­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal analy­sis method is adapt­ed in iden­ti­fy­ing the con­texts of epis­temic inter­face con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion. The author con­cludes that com­mu­nica­tive prac­tices aris­ing in the new media cul­ture, along with the mean­ings and knowl­edge com­mu­ni­cat­ed through media chan­nels, deter­mine the for­ma­tion of the epis­temic inter­face, which, in turn, becomes a con­di­tion for the pos­si­bil­i­ty and self-repro­ducibil­i­ty of the new media cul­ture. 

Key­words: epis­temic inter­face, new media, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, media dis­course, new media cul­ture

DOI: 10.5840/dspl20192112


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