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Media and the imaginary in history: the role of the fantastic in different stages of media change

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posted on 16.11.2015, 13:36 by Simone Natale, Gabriele Balbi
This paper discusses how media theory and history should approach specimens of evidence about the cultural reception of media pertaining to the realms of the fantastic, such as speculations, predictions, dreams, and other forms of fantasy regarding media. It argues that the role of the imaginary in the history of media can be fully comprehended only by employing a perspective which is dynamic in time. In different phases of a medium's evolution, in fact, we find different fantasies; it follows that we need specific approaches to study them. The article discusses fantasies which are specific to three stages in media change: those preceding the actual invention of a medium; those accompanying the earliest period after the introduction of a new medium; and those connected to old media. © 2014 Taylor and Francis.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Media History

Volume

20

Issue

2

Pages

203 - 218

Citation

NATALE, S. and BALBI, G., 2014. Media and the imaginary in history: the role of the fantastic in different stages of media change. Media History, 20 (2), pp. 203 - 218.

Publisher

© Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 19th March 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13688804.2014.898904

ISSN

1368-8804

eISSN

1469-9729

Language

en