Socrates is a philosophical model for humanity that stimulates people’s thinking. Socrates lives in Athens more than 2000 years ago (Chaffee, 2005). During his life, he is instrumental to caution people against the tendency to drift in lives current. Socrates arouses, persuades, and reproaches people’s sluggish attitude towards life. Socrates portrays much relevance in the contemporary world with the same reproach he used to in Athens. People have a tendency to behave in a drowsy and sluggish way as they engage in their daily chores (Chaffee, 2005). One must apply Socrates concepts of gadfly to wake from the shuffling in life to energize thoughts as one opens the eyes to see the wonders in the world. The experience of awakening a drowsy person is not pleasant, while arousing oneself to the complete alertness of mind becomes a catalyst of creative energy to infuse people to respond in a vibrant way in a galvanized experience. The birth of philosophy permits one to use own imagination by erasing all the scientific understanding of the world. One can imagine that all the ethnic communities in the culture elaborate the illusion of the natural world (Chaffee, 2005). For example, one can visualize that the sun rising in the morning has to do with its wish. The gods derive pleasure from the rain to enable the growth of crops. The issue of life and death or diseases and good health depends on the spirits that dwell within people’s lives. The early people In China, Maya, Egypt, and Babylon develop advanced practical technology in the construction of pyramids and astronomy through reason and observation. Religious superstitions permeate the development of mathematical ideas.
Luna (2006) argues that the artistic action is a prerequisite in the dimensions of rationality to incorporate the comprehensive theory of rationality. The approach of rationality bases on analyzing the competencies that people can comprehend focusing on linguistic. The concept of media communicates all the aspects of artistic action. Social and political theory depicts the focus on the foundations of rationality central in the tradition critical theory. The comprehensive theory of rationality does include all the nonlinguistic modes for one to comprehend the less vulnerable radical evaluation of the rationale (Brislin, 2011). The legacy of enlightenment entails a social process to develop and learn the ability to comprehend. The theory of rationality provides excellent critical summaries and the introduction of debates. Different theories invoke the application of media in the studies of sociology. Media studies focus on communication, film, print, and radio to develop a stable theory of media.
Philosophers and other academicians look to identify the mediation in media democracy in the creation of a benchmark for mass media to serve interests of the public (Pellegrini et al. 2013). To incorporate domination in the media and policies create complexities in the function of democracy and healthy living. To solve the problem, some of the philosophy thinkers argue for the dramatic increase in public participation in making media policies.
In the present age, the scope of mass media can outrun the philosophy to equal with the culture in the extent of the philosopher to share the intellect. Philosophy cannot self-represent itself with mass media unless there is an effective channel to communicate with the key stakeholders. The extensive use of electronic media permits the philosopher to become an existential actor to incorporate own existing in the tradition (Pellegrini et al. 2013). The philosopher has no obligation other than sharing the wealth of knowledge. Some of the Socrates predecessors such as Plato, Galileo, Descartes, and Leibniz occur in the period of modernity so as to cultivate philosophy and science. The scope of mass media in the present-day outruns that of the philosophy to equal the culture itself.
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Luna, A. (2006). An Economic Philosophy for Mass Media Ethics. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 10(3), 154-166.
Pellegrini, M., Rotolo, M. C., Marchei, E., Pacifici, R., Saggio, F., & Pichini, S. (2013). Magic truffles or Philosopher's stones: a legal way to sell psilocybin?. Drug Testing and Analysis, 5(3), 182-185.