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Unveiling the biographies of media: on the role of narratives, anecdotes and storytelling in the construction of new media’s histories

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posted on 15.01.2016, 12:34 by Simone Natale
The article proposes the notion of "biographies of media” to address the complex ways through which media change is the subject of narration and storytelling. This concept provides theoretical tools to unveil how different narratives contribute to shape media’s identities and to carry particular representations of their roles in our society and everyday life. Relying on theoretical approaches to storytelling and to the biographical genre, as well as on a range of examples from media history, the article shows that narratives are not only key elements in the content of media texts, but also ways through which the impact of media on society and everyday life is represented and negotiated within the public sphere.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Communication Theory

Volume

26

Issue

4

Pages

431-449

Citation

NATALE, S., 2016. Unveiling the biographies of media: on the role of narratives, anecdotes and storytelling in the construction of new media’s histories. Communication Theory, 26 (4), pp. 431-449.

Publisher

© Wiley

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

2016-07-08

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: NATALE, S., 2016. Unveiling the biographies of media: on the role of narratives, anecdotes and storytelling in the construction of new media’s histories. Communication Theory, 26 (4), pp. 431-449, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/comt.12099. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

ISSN

1050-3293

eISSN

1468-2885

Language

en