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Related: communication - mass media - media art - media theory - new media - technology

Cultural artifacts: books - CDs - DVD

Broadcast media: television - radio

Personal media: mail - telephone

Storage: book - CD - computer - DVD - film - paper - tape video - vinyl

Technique: drawing - engraving - printing - photography - reproduction - duplication

Device: turntable - VCR - Portable media center

A DJ and his media


A medium (plural media - it is directly a Latin word meaning "the one in the middle") is a carrier of something -- in the most popular sense, of information, mostly human ideas. Depending on the actual characteristics of the medium, it provides transmission or storage of information or both.

For example:

Marshall McLuhan was famous for saying (among other things), "The medium is the message." --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium

Media timeline

Chronomedia is destined to become the most comprehensive and accurate timeline of developments in communications media ever compiled. By integrating references to all audio-visual media—film and cinema, radio and television, cable and satellite, interactive (multi)media, photography, telegraphy, telephony and even printing and publishing—it becomes easier to see the parallel developments and interactions that have formed the media scene we know today. --David Fisher, http://www.terramedia.co.uk/Chronomedia/chronomedia_years.htm

45,000 BCE to 2002. 4,000+ entries -- http://www.mediahistory.umn.edu/time/century.html [Oct 2004]

Representation [...]

Representation - the production of meaning through language, discourse and image - occupies a central place in current studies on culture. This broad-ranging text offers a comprehensive outline of how visual images, language and discourse work as `systems of representation'. --Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Culture, Media and Identities , Vol 2) - Stuart Hall (Editor) [Amazon.com]

Media in the movies

Telephone: Bells Are Ringing (1960), Denise Calls Up (1996), Pillow Talk (1959) , Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Radio: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), The Great American Broadcast (1941), Hucksters (1947), Play Misty For Me (1971), Radio Days (1987), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) , Talk Radio (1988) , The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996)

Movies: Cinema Paradiso (1988), Day For Night (1973) , F/X (1986), Good Morning, Babylon (1987), Living In Oblivion (1995), The Player (1992) , Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Singin' In the Rain (1952), Stardust Memories (1980), Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Television: Being There (1979) Broadcast News (1987) Ed TV (1999), A Face In the Crowd (1957), Medium Cool (1969), Network (1976), Pleasantville (1998), Quiz Show (1994), To Die For (1995), The Truman Show (1998), Deathwatch aka Mort en direct, La (1980) - Bertrand Tavernier, Secret Cinema (1968) - Paul Bartel

Internet: Desk Set (1957) , Hackers (1995), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Lawnmower Man (1992), The Net (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), Antitrust (2001)

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