week3 post : Mediation: time – where we read Dailiness and The frequencies of public writing…

While reading Scannell,P.(1996). “Dailiness” In Radio, Television and modern Life. Blackwell London, pp144-178, I found that it was a bit confusing. However, to me, it seemed as though he was talking about how Media affects our daily life- broadcasting in particular, which he believes creates a schedule for people to base their lives on.

“The institutionalization of broadcasting can be interpreted as a routinization” pg 145

For example, how he states that back then after tea-time children would go to bed. However, these days they stay awake for ‘family viewing time’ which goes until about 9 o’clock, which then switches to ‘adult time’ which includes broadcasts that contain sex, violence and bad language. This implies that Television sets a time-zone for each day.

“Broadcasting, whose medium is time, articulates our sense of time.” pg 152

He emphasises that news like Today, gives him a sense of he fullness of days. Saying this, I think he means that, not only does it create routine but it keeps the day busy by keeping him updated as to what has happened since he went to bed, what happening at the moment, and what’s coming up later in the day. In addition, it also gives people something to talk about.

However, I found that Dailiness was easier to read than Hartley, J. (2004). “The frequencies of public writing: Tomb, Tome and time” In Jenkins,H and Thorburn, D.(Eds) Democracy and new Media. MIT press, USA, pp. 247-269.

In this article I found that, He was talking about how time in communicative life can be understood by its frequency. He states that in each part of public writing has its own frequency, such as the speed of creation, the frequency of circulation and the wavelength of consumption.

He links news and time in a way that makes it a bit confusing for me to understand. I don’t think that its because its news but because he uses the term frequency, what does he mean by frequency?

Frequency as in the number of time it comes up was what I thought at first until he brought out the term “wavelength”.

“In news, the frequencies of production and consumption are designed to match that of publication. A premium is set on high-frequency news gathering” pg 248

To be honest I have a couple of pages to read left, but it was too confusing to me, I believe that to understand the last bit I have to understand the beginning and the middle.



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