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Updating to remain the same: Habitual new media
  • Simone Natale
  • Sociology, Computer Science
    New Media Soc.
  • 1 March 2017
This is a review of Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Updating to remain the same: Habitual new media. The MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, 2016; ISBN: 9780262034494. This paper was accepted for publication in the
The web will kill them all: new media, digital utopia, and political struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement
This article examines the role of discourses about new media technology and the web in the rise of the 5-Star Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle, or M5S) in Italy. Founded by comedian and activist Beppe
There Are No Old Media
Despite its ubiquity in scholarly and popular publications, relatively few attempts have been made to interrogate the meanings and implications of the notion of “old media.” This article discusses
Vinyl won’t save us: reframing disconnection as engagement
Disconnection has recently come to the forefront of public discussions as an antidote to an increasing saturation with digital technologies. Yet, experiences with disconnection are often reduced to a
Unveiling the Biographies of Media: On the Role of Narratives, Anecdotes, and Storytelling in the Construction of New Media's Histories
The article proposes the notion of 'biographies of media' as a theoretical framework addressing how media change is domesticated through the construction of popular and personal narratives. Relying
A short history of superimposition: From spirit photography to early cinema
As several scholars have noted, the use of superimposition effects in cinema to conjure such apparitions as ghosts, fairies, devils, and other fantastic creatures finds a significant precedent in
Photography and Communication Media in the Nineteenth Century
The increasing interest in media history within the academic world has not yet resulted in an intensive examination of the relationship between photography and communications media. This article
The rise of corporational determinism: digital media corporations and narratives of media change
ABSTRACT This paper proposes a new theoretical concept, corporational determinism, to describe narratives by which digital media corporations are presented as the main or only agency informing
Imagining the thinking machine: Technological myths and the rise of artificial intelligence
This article discusses the role of technological myths in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies from 1950s to the early 1970s. It shows how the rise of AI was accompanied by
Deceitful Media
Artificial intelligence (AI) is often discussed as something extraordinary, a dream—or a nightmare—that awakens metaphysical questions on human life. Yet far from a distant technology of the future,