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Saturday, October 21, 2006

New Technologies (Panel #27)

Panel Columnists: Judd Ruggill (University of Arizona), Ken McAllister (University of Arizona)
Participants: Christopher Hanson (University of Southern California), Lou Rutigliano (University of Texas at Austin), Caitlin Benson-Allott (Cornell University)
Moderator: Carly Kocurek (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: One advantage of studying media during this time of rapid technological expansion is that it permits scholars to see with particular clarity how material artifacts of the past are linked to those of the future. As the household penetration of digital media technologies increases, and as media technologies are consolidated into fewer devices (cell phones that play television episodes; HD/Blu-Ray disks storing entire television show seasons along with a host of extras; video games based on popular television dramas and comedies), what concerns you most about this proliferation and convergence of new media? What do think media scholars should remember about media’s many pasts as they work to explain media’s innumerable presents and futures?


Blogger Loganpoppy said...

Hey, I tried to post some of the conversation at my my blog. There you go!

2:48 PM

Anonymous Carly Kocurek said...

I'd really like to direct everyone to the link above. Tim Anderson liveblogged most of the panel.

In particular, I'm interested in this notion of "intimacy" as a means of having conversations about technology and the ways people relate to and through communications media.

5:48 PM

Anonymous Rebecca McInroy said...

Following the panel discussion I kept thinking about how the discourse of the wall along the Mexico/US boarder is being used politically to instigate a notion of safety by limiting the possibility of one groups physical transportation. For most of America the “boarder” is an imagined space and I think it would be interesting to discuss how these geographical spaces are framed and used to limit or delegate personal freedom.

3:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry wrong panel-That was meant for Communication and Transportation Technologies

3:58 PM


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