Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society
Scholars from communication and media studies join those from science and technology studies to examine media technologies as complex, sociomaterial phenomena.
In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena.
The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.
He is the author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), and articles on the culture, politics, ...
Her research and writing focus on social theories of new media and information technologies and social/cultural change. Her most recent book, ...
... fasten the “information revolution” onto their histories of broad, media-driven social change (Kittler 1999; Levinson 1997); cultural studies scholars ...
And all along, cultural historians were revealing communication technologies as the product of social forces and specific ...
... systemic contradictions in the cultural-historical trajectories of technologies, and Andrew Feenberg's (1991, 1999) critical theory of technology.
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