Re-Inventing the Media provides a highly original re-thinking of media studies for the contemporary post-broadcast, post-analogue, and post-mass media era. While media and cultural studies has made much of the changes to the media landscape that have come from digital techlogies, these constitute only part of the transformations that have taken place in what amounts of a reinvention of the media over the last two decades. Graeme Turner takes on the task of re-thinking how media studies approaches the whole of the contemporary media-scape by focusing on three large, cross-platform, and transnational themes: the decline of the mass media paradigm, the ongoing restructuring of the relations between the media and the state, and the structural and social consequences of celebrity culture. By addressing the fact that the reinvention of the media is t simply a matter of globalising markets or the take-up of techlogical change, Turner is able to explore the more fundamental movements and widespread trends that have significantly influenced the character of what the contemporary media have become, how it is structured, and how it is used. Re-Inventing the Media is a must-read for both students and scholars of media, culture and communication studies.
Graeme Turner is Professor of Cultural Studies in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. Among the leading figures within media and cultural studies, his most recent books include Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (2013) (with Anna Cristina Pertierra), and Television Histories in Asia (2015) (co-edited with Jinna Tay).