Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Media TechnologiesEssays on Communication, Materiality, and Society$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski, and Kirsten A. Foot

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525374

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525374.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 17 August 2017

Materiality and Media in Communication and Technology Studies

Materiality and Media in Communication and Technology Studies

An Unfinished Project

Chapter:
(p.21) 2 Materiality and Media in Communication and Technology Studies
Source:
Media Technologies
Author(s):

Leah A. Lievrouw

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262525374.003.0002

A newly materialist approach to the study of media technologies is emerging in several fields, including cultural studies, digital humanities, and science and technology studies (STS). Yet most technology scholarship in the communication field, informed by classical media research, still follows a broadly constructivist line focused on the meanings, appropriations, representations and semiology of communication technology and its uses. This chapter explores the conceptualization of communication and media technologies at the intersection of STS and communication studies, surveying and comparing key concepts or schools of thought in each field. A framework for mediation is proposed as a way to theorize material artifacts, communication practices, and social arrangements or structures as mutually-constitutive elements of communication and media technology.

Keywords:   mediation, new materialism, materiality and media, technological momentum, actor networks, co-production, communication networks, medium theory, digital humanities, media artifacts

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .