Media Materialities: Form, Format, and Ephemeral Meaning

Oliver Carter (Editor), Iain Taylor (Editor)

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    Media Materialities provides new perspectives on the increasingly complex relationships between media forms and formats, materiality, and meaning. Drawing on a range of qualitative methodologies, our consideration of the materiality of media is structured around three overarching concepts: form – the physical qualities of objects and the meanings which extend from them; format – objects considered in relation to the protocols which govern their use, and the meanings and practices which stem from them; and ephemeral meaning – the ways in which media artefacts are captured, transformed, and redefined through changing social, cultural, and technological values.

    Each section includes empirical chapters which provide expansive discussions of perspectives on media and materiality. It considers a range of media artefacts such as 8mm film, board games maps, videogames, cassette tapes, transistor radios and Twitter, amongst others. These are punctuated with a number of short takes – less formal, often personal takes exploring the meanings of media in context.

    We seek to consider the materialities which emerge across the broad and variegated range of the term’s use, and to create spaces for conversation and debate about the implications that this plurality of material meanings might have for the study of study of media, culture, and society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBristol
    Number of pages267
    ISBN (Print)9781789389176
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 12 Dec 2023

    Publication series

    NameBCMCR New Directions in Media and Cultural Research


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