Radio in the Digital Age by Andrew Dubber

By Andrew Dubber

Radio’s impression are available in virtually each nook of recent media. Radio within the electronic Age assesses a medium that has not just survived the demanding situations of a brand new technological age yet certainly has prolonged its achieve. this isn't a e-book approximately electronic radio, yet fairly in regards to the medium of radio in its many analogue and electronic types in an age characterized through electronic applied sciences. The context of the electronic age unearths new insights concerning the nature of radio.

during this vital addition to the realm of radio scholarship, Dubber offers a theoretical framework for realizing the medium - taking into account complexity and contradiction, whereas heading off essentialism and technological determinism. Introducing radio as a sequence of practices and phenomena that may be understood via a variety of discursive different types, this publication explores the relationships among radio, track, politics, storytelling and society in a brand new and considerate way.

This publication will make crucial examining for college students of media, verbal exchange, broadcasting and the electronic industries. It deals a well timed and finished creation for someone who needs to appreciate the function of radio in today’s media panorama.

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My Nile still flows, even though its borders are no longer made of rock, but of more water. In contrast, Manuel Castells re-frames the debate in a different manner by positioning the technological context not as something that happens to us, but as something that we are, in an ontological sense, or that we are at the very least a part of: Our world has been in a process of structural transformation for over two decades. This process is multidimensional, but it is associated with the emergence of a new technological paradigm, based in information and communication technologies, that took shape in the 1970s and diffused unevenly around the world.

What is interesting for our purposes and will be explored in later chapters is the extent to which we can make observations and draw conclusions about the digital media environment from instances of these practices that appear to be significant or provide useful case studies. We do not seek a general theory of radio in the digital age, but rather a series of special theories that are consistent with each other, with the media environment and with our experience and observations of the medium. In so doing, we may come to understand the digital age through the lens of radio far more than the other way round (as one might expect).

But, as techne alters, the changes to what we call radio become both stark and profound. The continuities and breaks within the techne of radio praxis reveal themselves through what might appear to be mundane distinctions. Radio producers use tape, or they use digital editors; technicians may have broadcast engineering or software development roles; presenters may sit in airconditioned studios or in their bedroom at home.  . but even within what might be thought of as traditional broadcast radio paradigms, the day-to-day activities of the people who perform those roles are very different today from what they were even 20 years ago.

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