Mediation: Time


Week Three Readings

Hartley, J (2004). “The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tone and Time: In Jenkins, H. And Thoburn, D. (Eds) Democracy and new Media. MIT Press, USA, pp 247-269.

This reading is quite interesting and makes the point that media is based around time. It states for different media there are different frequencies. Some Media is quick and some is slow, making it more sustainable. Public writing such as news articles and daily press are distributed very quickly and often are disposed of very quickly. What makes media fast? It would be the frequency of distribution and the speed of how it is created. Which media type is more important? One could argue that they are both as significant as each other, with each offering a unique function in our everyday lives. The news keeps us up to date, magazines monthly and Books and television shows are usually yearly. But if we look at public writing we can see it spans back to writing on tombs and, this remains for a long period of time. This reading makes us consider our own media production and its frequency and we can recognise that internet and articles may not necessarily be sustainable as media changes over time.



2 Responses to “Mediation: Time”

  1. sratodd Says:

    Scannell, P. (1996). “Dailiness” In Radio, Television and Modern Life. Blackwell, London, pp. 144-178.

    Hartley, J (2004). “The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tone and Time” In Jenkins, H and Thorburn, D. (Eds) Democracy and New Media. MIT Press, USA, pp 247-269.

    Scannell’s chapter on ‘Dailiness’ suggests that the routinized broadcasting structures of radio and television mirror the ‘care structures’ and rhythms of our everyday life. Broadcasting is time-zoned to reflect our daily activities i.e. breakfast radio in the morning or the 6 o’clock news at a time when most people are returning home from work. By reproducing experiential time (“my time”) “broadcasting …articulates our sense of time”. “The programming structures of radio and television…produce and reproduce…the everyday human social sociable world everyday endlessly. In doing so they help constitute the meaningful background of everyday existence which they themselves foreground”.
    Radio and television have thus become an integral part of daily life. By connecting with the individual’s notions of time and reflecting the patterns of their daily existence, these broadcasting media provides a link with the “greater world”. By making the “greater world” more accessible/available to the individual, broadcasting has ensured that our sense of the eventfulness of a day is as much affected by our own private experiences of the world as those of the wider public. For instance, the 11th September 2001 was not an ‘ordinary day’ because of what happened in the “greater world”. Hartley’s article on the frequencies of public writing, suggests that contemporary modes of communication have radically altered our notions of space and nation. Broadcasting media are ‘centrifugal’ – they radiate “outward to find spatially dispersed…”imagined communit[es]”. Consequently, high frequency modes of journalism, with instantaneous reporting on the internet or regular television updates, have ensured that the rhythms of our daily life are inextricably linked with the concerns of the “greater world”. Therefore, while broadcasting structures can be seen to mirror our experiences of time and space, they can also radically transform it.

  2. Scott Says:

    Need to make a more explicit statement of the core argument and engage with it. Also, need to do better to keep up with the readings.

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