Media and the Imaginary in History

  title={Media and the Imaginary in History},
  author={Simone Natale and Gabriele Balbi},
  journal={Media History},
  pages={203 - 218}
This paper discusses how media theory and history should approach specimens of evidence about the cultural reception of media pertaining to the realms of the fantastic, such as speculations, predictions, dreams, and other forms of fantasy regarding media. It argues that the role of the imaginary in the history of media can be fully comprehended only by employing a perspective which is dynamic in time. In different phases of a medium's evolution, in fact, we find different fantasies; it follows… 

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