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Mediatization or mediation? Alternative understandings of the emergent space of digital storytelling

Couldry, Nick (2008) Mediatization or mediation? Alternative understandings of the emergent space of digital storytelling. New Media and Society, 10 (3). pp. 373-391. ISSN 1461-4448

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1461444808089414

Abstract

This article reviews the social potential of digital storytelling, and in particular its potential to contribute to the strengthening of democracy. Through answering this question, it seeks to test out the relative strengths and weaknesses of two competing concepts for grasping the wider consequences of media for the social world: the concept of mediatization and the concept of mediation. It is argued that mediatization (developed, for example, by Stig Hjarvard and Winfried Schulz) is stronger at addressing aspects of media textuality, suggesting that a unitary media-based logic is at work. In spite of its apparent vagueness, mediation (developed in particular by Roger Silverstone) provides more flexibility for thinking about the open-ended and dialectical social transformations which, as with the printed book, may come in time to be articulated with the new form of digital storytelling

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://nms.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2008 Sage Publications
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 09:36
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 11:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/50669

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