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Old, new and middle-aged media convergence

Maxwell, R. and Miller, T. (2011) Old, new and middle-aged media convergence. Cultural Studies, 25 (4-5). pp. 585-603.

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This essay analyzes the myths that swirl around digital media convergence – managerial efficiency, experiential immediacy, global interactivity and interpersonal connectedness – and counters these with an ecological historiography that shows how so-called managerial efficiencies waste natural and human resources; the vaunted experiences of immediacy and interactivity induce ignorance of inter-generational effects of consumption, including long-term harm to workers and the environment; and constant connectedness comes with its own peculiar dispossession of the ability to dwell on the interconnections between human communication and the Earth.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: 2011 Taylor & Francis
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