Media and the imaginary in history: the role of the fantastic in different stages of media change
journal contributionposted 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.
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- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies