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Title: Unveiling the biographies of media: on the role of narratives, anecdotes and storytelling in the construction of new media’s histories
Authors: Natale, Simone
Keywords: Media and everyday life
Media narratives
Media history
Media and storytelling
Media and the imaginary
Social life of things
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Wiley
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This paper is embargoed until July 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/comt.12099
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20050
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/comt.12099
ISSN: 1050-3293
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