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Transitional times: ‘New Media’ – Novel Histories and Trajectories
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English, The Swedish Institue for North American Studies.
2009 (English)Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The alluring traits of ‘new media’ have spurred new research interests. This article discusses the discourse of ‘new media’ from the vantage point of critically reviewing three emissions from MIT Press during the years 1999-2003 within the series Media in Transition, as to the fundamental concepts used and introduced in these works. It cautions against any reductionist perspective on new media forms, and while highlighting the many merits of writing new media histories, the article shows that this discussion, also nascent within an interdisciplinary Swedish research environment, also carries other important features with implications for the relationships between communication and (time)space. It concludes that it is not enough to acknowledge that ‘new media’ call for a deep awareness of the historicity of the technological imaginary; deeper understandings of transitions in media also call for thoroughly expounding the socio-spatial ramifications of communication.

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MIT Press, new media historiography, communication geography, media in transition
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100168OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100168DiVA: diva2:209670
Available from: 2009-03-26 Created: 2009-03-26 Last updated: 2009-06-10

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