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Love and Communication: A Review Essay


Paddy Scannell

Communication and Media Research Institute University of Westminster
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Speaking into the Air is, quite simply, the most original and thought provoking book on communication that I have read. It is dazzlingly and sometimes obscurely erudite yet with a clear and coherent argument that challenges our current commonsense views about communication. I am persuaded by this argument, though less so by the point at which John Durham Peters himself takes leave of it. That point seems to me to be oddly, uncomfortably, strange; something which, in itself, needs some explanation. It’s partly to do, I think, with the Americanness of the book and partly its religiousness. Neither of these two points, I hasten to add, are implied criticisms. But they might begin to account for its strangeness, for this is a weird and eccentric book, voyaging in strange seas of thought alone, far from the busy, crowded lanes down which the usual academic shipping travels.

How to Cite: Scannell, P., 2004. Love and Communication: A Review Essay. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 1(1), pp.93–102. DOI:
Published on 01 Oct 2004.


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