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Liveness, 'reality', and the mediated habitus from television to the mobile phone

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 (2004) Liveness, 'reality', and the mediated habitus from television to the mobile phone. Communication Review, 7 (4). pp. 353-361. ISSN 1071-4421

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10714420490886952


Television's liveness has long been seen as one of its key features. This paper argues that “liveness” is not a textual feature, but a more fundamental category (in Durkheim's sense) that contributes to underlying conceptions of how media are involved in social organization through their provision of privileged access to central social “realities.” This ideological view of liveness (cf. Jane Feuer's early work) is then extended in two ways: first, to consider two new forms of “liveness” that do not involve television (online liveness via the Internet and “group liveness” via the mobile phone); and second, by connecting liveness with Bourdieu's concept of habitus, and thereby linking “liveness” (including in its extended senses) with other parts of the materialized system of classification through which we make sense of the everyday world.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 26 May 2024 21:51

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