He discusses Liliencron, captain of the 19th century: naturalism as martial phonography; bring the war home: tympanic transductions from the battlefield to fin-de-diecle Vienna; drumming literature into the ground: Dada's tympanic regime; toward a modernist ear: Robert Musil and the poetics of acoustic space; into the inaudible: sound and imperception
in Kafka's late writings, and Nazi soundscapes and their reverberation in postwar culture.
One seminal paper, "The invisible gorilla strikes again: Sustained inattentional blindness in expert observers," issues a stern admonition: "[A] high level of expertise does not immunize individuals against inherent limitations of human attention imperception
" (Psychol Sci.
Some wretched "white British Shakespearean scholar" scourged in half a paragraph [in Gary Taylor's Re-inventing Shakespeare] for a lifetime's imperception
Drawing on Giovanni Battista Vico's principle of the sensory and perceptual change resulting from technical innovation throughout a culture's history, McLuhan (1999) suggests that every new technology alters the human sensory bias by creating new areas of perception (figure) and new areas of imperception
(ground), and this he says is as true of clothing as of the alphabet or radio.
When I say that everything visible is invisible, that perception is imperception
, that consciousness has a "blind spot", that to see is always to see more than one sees--this must not be understood in the sense of a Contradiction--it must not be imagined that I add to the visible ...