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The frequencies of public writing : tomb, tome and time as technologies of the public

Hartley, John (2003) The frequencies of public writing : tomb, tome and time as technologies of the public. In Jenkins, Henry & Thorburn, David (Eds.) Democracy and new media. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, pp. 247-269.

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Abstract

Modes of public communication, ranging from journalism to architecture, can be understood not only in relation to space (their geographical setting) but also in relation to time. 'Public address' of different kinds has a frequency, from the (high-frequency) instant to the (low-frequency) millennium. This paper explores some of the implications of analysing public 'writing' in terms of its frequency, and considers how changes in frequency, in journalism especially, may affect the cultural form and public understanding of the medium in question. The relations between spatial and temporal aspects of public communication are discussed, and comparisons made between 'writing' of different frequencies, including journalism (high frequency), academic and scholarly writing (mid frequency) and public architecture (low frequency). Any consideration of 'media in transition' needs to consider frequency both historically and comparatively; from Egypt to email.

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ID Code: 18900
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
ISBN: 0262101017
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 MIT Press
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2009 14:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:02

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