Peters 2015

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Peters, John Durham. The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

"The time is ripe for a philosophy of media. And a philosophy of media needs a philosophy of nature. Media are not only devices of informa- tion; they are also agencies of order. They not only send messages about human doings and our relations with our ecological and economic sys- tems; they are also, in the expanded sense of the media concept that I will argue for, constitutive parts of those systems. Humans and their crafts have entered into nature and have altered every system on earth and sea, and many in the sky, to the point that “nature,” understood as something untouched by humans, only exists on earth where humans have chosen to set it apart as “natural.” (1)

"Media, I will argue, are vessels and environments, containers of possibility that anchor our existence and make what we are doing pos- sible." (2)