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Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies

ISBN: 978-0-470-67100-9
256 pages
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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An ambitious rendering of the digital future from a pioneer of media and cultural studies, a wise and witty take on a changing field, and our orientation to it

  • Investigates the uses of multimedia by creative and productive citizen-consumers to provide new theories of communication that accommodate social media, participatory action, and user-creativity
  • Leads the way for new interdisciplinary engagement with systems thinking, complexity and evolutionary sciences, and the convergence of cultural and economic values
  • Analyzes the historical uses of multimedia from print, through broadcasting to the internet
  • Combines conceptual innovation with historical erudition to present a high-level synthesis of ideas and detailed analysis of emergent forms and practices
  • Features an international focus and global reach to provide a basis for students and researchers seeking broader perspectives
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Table of Contents

1. The History and Future of Ideas 1

2. Cultural Studies, Creative Industries, and Cultural Science 27

3. Journalism and Popular Culture 59

4. The Distribution of Public Thought 94

5. Television Goes Online 117

6. Silly Citizenship 133

7. The Probability Archive 155

8. Messaging as Identity 176

9. Paradigm Shifters: Tricksters and Cultural Science 199

References 215

Acknowledgments 236

Index 238

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Author Information

John Hartley is Research Director of the Centre for Creative Industries & Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, where he was founding dean of the Creative Industries Faculty. Previously he was head of the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in Wales. Hartley is author of many books on popular culture, media, journalism and creative industries. His previous books with Wiley-Blackwell include Television Truths (2008), Story Circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World (co-edited with Kelly McWilliam, 2009), and Creative Industries (2005).
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"Hartley remains one of the most fearless and original thinkers in contemporary cultural studies."
- Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California

“As so often in the past, John Hartley provides a shrewd and honest guide to the cultural and societal implications of the technological and social turbulence we are facing.”
- Larry Gross, University of Southern California

 “If, as the proverb suggests, we fish only contemplate water when removed from it, then in this important book Hartley proves himself to be a flying fish – a wonderful analyst of his cultural environment in its entirety, yet always still aware of the coral and culture that lies beneath. The book overflows with smart observations about the state of the media and of media and cultural studies as an academic field, and should be read by all who swim in these waters.”
- Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin

“Reading John Hartley's 'Understanding News' (1982) as a student inspired me to do research. 'Digital Futures' rekindles that original excitement."
- Mark Deuze, Indiana University

"Hartley roars across disciplines to connect the digital dots between cultural studies, creative industries, journalism, television and much else. This is truly ambitious scholarship which deserves the widest audience."
- Ian Hargreaves, Cardiff University

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