Introducing dynamics : a new approach to "new media" [Editorial]

Hartley, John, Burgess, Jean E., & Bruns, Axel (2013) Introducing dynamics : a new approach to "new media" [Editorial]. In Hartley, John, Burgess, Jean E., & Bruns, Axel (Eds.) A Companion to New Media Dynamics, First Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

The term ‘‘new media’’ has been in play for decades now, and one might be forgiven for wondering how much longer digital forms and platforms can really be called ‘‘new,’’ or even what the scholarship of new media contributes to knowledge. Is it possible to say new things about new media? We think so. This Companion not only demonstrates the variety, salience, and importance of new media studies but also proposes a distinctive approach to the topic : an approach we call ‘‘new media dynamics.’’ In this view, what’s interesting about ‘‘new media’’ is not novelty as such but dynamism. Capitalism, technology, social networks, and media all evolve and change, sometimes to our delight, sometimes our dismay. This incessant process of disruption, renewal, and eventual (if often partial) replacement is now one of humanity’s central experiences. This cutting-edge collection brings together a stellar array of the world’s top researchers, cultural entrepreneurs, and emerging scholars to give the dynamics of new media their first full-length, multidisciplinary, historical, and critical treatment. Across 34 chapters, an international line-up of the very best authors reflects on the historical, technical, cultural, and political changes that underlie the emergence of new media, as existing patterns and assumptions are challenged by the forces of ‘‘creative destruction’’ and innovation, both economic and cultural. At the same time they show that familiar themes and problems carry through from ‘‘old’’media – questions of identity, sexuality, politics, relationships, and meaning.

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About this Book

A Companion to New Media Dynamics presents a state-of-the-art collection of multidisciplinary readings that examine the origins, evolution, and cultural underpinnings of the media of the digital age in terms of dynamic change

Presents a state-of-the-art collection of original readings relating to new media in terms of dynamic change
Features interdisciplinary contributions encompassing the sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts
Addresses a wide range of issues from the ownership and regulation of new media to their form and cultural uses
Provides readers with a glimpse of new media dynamics at three levels of scale: the 'macro' or system level; the 'meso' or institutional level; and 'micro' or agency level

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Keywords: "Dynamics" endo/exogenous, "new media dynamics", "new media" and the "old", "new media" investigation, A Companion to New Media Dynamics, Coherent overall approach, Disruptive renewal, New media, definitional, Open, dynamic/unpredictable, Revised/flexible
DOI: 10.1002/9781118321607.ch
ISBN: 978-144433224-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2014 01:15
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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