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Mediation: Time – ‘Contemporality’, E-geographies, and Impermanence

This week I have considered the role of temporality, time, and dailiness in dissolving ‘the nation state’ and the emergence of new identities; new “virtual communities…  coexistence in time, not coextension in space.” (Hartley, p.263). Exploring the nature of these new, digital ‘e-geographies’ as I have termed them, inspired me to consider my own sense of ‘self’ and meaning derivative from my daily routine. Also from this week’s readings, more so Hartley’s, I was particularly interested in the shifts in power and truth in public writing by virtue of increasing time frequencies.

Scannel’s discussion of the seasonal temporality of radio broadcasting in wartime modernity on p.155 brought forth the idea of time transcending space in communication; traditional celebrations of annual public holidays such as Christmas enjoyed across distances through the one broadcast radio program; an idea of giving scope to ‘dailiness’ and perhaps, as I saw it, an early form of broadcasting and high frequency media creating new communities, a way in which we are “worlded”. I admired the way Scannel uses “world” as a verb to add meaning to our ‘dailiness’.

Excerpts from the readings,

“News can be a textualization of high frequency rumor, gossip, and information. But equally news can express much lower frequency rhythms in the guise of quotidian narrative.” (Hartley, p.267)

and…

“That truth can be lost, or systematically and wilfully distorted or finally even denied… of societal modernization in which truth has been down-sized to the sum of knowledge and power…” (Scannel, p. 169)

…prompts me to raise an issue of temporality that I think deserves more attention with the rise of new media, and thus shifts in power (dissolution of entry barriers to the ‘fourth estate’, perhaps), which is its impermanence. Web journalists not only have the ability to produce news instantaneously, but the ability to edit, change, delete, or slightly manipulate content at these frequencies; a scary consequence to mediation through new, contemporary time frames – as I have labelled it, ‘contemporality’ –  and an issue that can be further explored in regards to the ethics and credibility of contemporary journalism.

This week’s readings have been challenging, but relevant. There is definitely a lot more I could say here, but in the interests of not confusing/boring anyone to sleep, I’ll leave it at this! I would love to discuss some of these points further if anyone is interested.

Lauren.

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