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The Future of Live

Paperback By Karin van Es
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Liveness is a persistent and much-debated concept in media studies. Until recently, it was associated primarily with broadcast media, and television in particular. However, the emergence of social media has brought new forms of liveness into effect. These forms challenge common assumptions about and perspectives on liveness, provoking a revisiting of the concept.

In this book, Karin van Es develops a comprehensive understanding of liveness today, and clarifies the stakes surrounding the category of the ÂliveÂ. She argues that liveness is the product of a dynamic interaction between media institutions, technologies and users. In doing so, she challenges earlier conceptions of the notion, which tended to focus on either one of these contributors to its construction.

 By analyzing the Âlive in four different cases – a live streaming platform, an online music collaboration website, an example of social TV, and a social networking site – van Es explores the operation of the category and pinpoints the conditions under which it comes into being. The analysis is the starting point for a broader reflection on the relation between broadcast and social media.

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Format: Paperback, 180 pages Language: English
Dimension: 21.34cm x 13.72cm x 1.78cm ISBN10: 1509502645
Weight: 249g ISBN13: 9781509502646
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2016 Publisher: Polity Press

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Karin van Es is Assistant Professor of Television and New Media at Utrecht University.

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ÂÂLiveness for decades has been a distinguishing feature of mass media, but on what terms will it survive in the era of social media? In this important book, Karin Van Es dissects the circuit of forces which underpin ÂlivenessÂ, acknowledging the changing role of media institutions and media users alike. Sharply perceptive and historically well-grounded, Van Es book is a landmark in our understanding of how media are socially constructed.

 Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science ÂKarin Van Es has made a key contribution to the study of liveness. She takes the topic beyond its original focus on broadcast television and live performance in the era of recording technologies, and explores it in relation to the internet and social media. The Future of Live is a fascinating and thought-provoking addition to a question of growing interest and importance. Strongly recommended!

 Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan


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