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Exploring digital yesterdays - reflections on new media and the future of communication history

Erkundungen des digitalen Gestern - Reflektionen zu "New Media" und zur Zukunft der Kommunikationsgeschichte
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Schwarzenegger, Christian

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Abstract "This paper emanates from the consideration that communication history cannot only focus on communication that is within today's past but must also to cope with challenges communication history will face in 'tomorrow's yesterdays'. In nowadays perspective, apparent challenges for the future of communication historiography are posed by the impact of (now) new media technologies and digitalization. The article reflects about different shifts digitalization may bring for communication historiography, in terms of digital media as sources and the impact of digital communication on the understanding of temporal and spatial relations in communication historiography. Doing so, the paper discusses from a communication studies perspective if 'new media' history likewise entails a new 'media history'. The article concludes that digital media will prompt communication historians to adapt to new conditions. Such adaption to the respective 'new' is depicted as constituent of historical research as communication history has ever been kind of change management." (author's abstract)
Keywords digitalization; new media; source analysis; historical analysis
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of the Science of Communication; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method descriptive study; basic research
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 118-133
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 4
Issue topic Towards web history
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works