Dead media: Obsolescence and redundancy in media history
Keywords: Dead media, dead media studies, Bruce Sterling, lifecycle management, sunsetting
AbstractAdjectives attend the new: fresh, clean, exciting, dynamic, innovative and productive. Oppositional binaries cling to the old: tired, worn, redundant, sick, slow and useless. While anti-discrimination policies can address these connotations when applied to people, the consequences of such ideologies on ‘old media’ are under-researched. While media and cultural studies departments teach ‘New Media’ courses, ‘Old Media’ courses remain invisible and unpopular. This article extends these adjectives and narratives by following a challenge Bruce Sterling posed to researchers: to understand ‘Dead Media.’ I explore the origins of this term and how and why an interest in Dead Media has – in itself – died.
How to Cite
Brabazon, T. (2013). Dead media: Obsolescence and redundancy in media history. First Monday, 18(7). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i7.4466
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