Emerging traditions in new media: Human machines and the bias of communication

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    What is a media tradition? This paper inquires into the possibility of there being media traditions in new media. In posing the question in relation to new media, extra issues arise. "Old" media, by their very nature, are saturated with traditions. This essay contends that many of these have made their way into the new media, almost without being noticed. To develop the analysis, the distinctive structure of the internet is explored as a composite multimedia platform. This is achieved by examining the work of Lewis Mumford, and then by using Harold Innis's idea of spatial or temporal bias to guide the inquiry. After this, the ideas of media platforms and formats are used to develop a sense of emergent traditions in new media.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDistance and diversity
    Subtitle of host publicationReaching new audiences
    EditorsMargaret Van Heekeren
    Place of PublicationBathurst, Australia
    PublisherCharles Sturt University
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781864671988
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAustralian Media Traditions Conference - Bathurst, NSW Australia, Australia
    Duration: 22 Nov 200723 Nov 2007


    ConferenceAustralian Media Traditions Conference


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