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Title: Media and the imaginary in history: the role of the fantastic in different stages of media change
Authors: Natale, Simone
Balbi, Gabriele
Keywords: Media history
Media change
Old and new media
Media theory
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: NATALE, S. and BALBI, G., 2014. Media and the imaginary in history: the role of the fantastic in different stages of media change. Media History, 20 (2), pp. 203 - 218.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 19th March 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13688804.2014.898904
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2014.898904
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19467
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2014.898904
ISSN: 1368-8804
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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