eye culture
n. A culture in which images are dominant.
Although one might imagine that one would have to travel to a very remote place to observe evidence of the differences between the use of speech in an ear culture and an eye culture, this is not necessarily true.
—Eric Somers, “Simultaneity and Polyphony in Speech Based Audio Art,” Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Auditory Display, July 02, 2002
Schafer’s starting point was to note the incredible dominance of the visual modality in society — "eye culture," as it has been termed else-where — and to reveal that children’s ability to listen was, in his experience, deteriorating.
—Kendall Wrightson, “An Introduction to Acoustic Ecology,” The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, April 01, 2000
1995 (earliest)
In a 1980 essay on Elias Canetti, Sontag distinguished between "ear culture" and "eye culture" — Hebrew versus Greek, as she put it, moral versus aesthetic. "The ear," she wrote, "is the attentive sense, humbler, more passive, more immediate, less discriminating than the eye which . . . affirms the pleasures and the wisdom of . . . surfaces."
—Larissa MacFarquhar, “Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion,” The Nation, October 16, 1995
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