New Media Blog | HOW MOBILE TELEPHONY SUPPLEMENTS THE CONCEPT OF DUALITY OF SPACE

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MEDIA SPACE
§ Like in the case of time, media rework our subjective
experience of space (spatiality)
§ James Hay (2009) in response to a call for papers on the
current state of media studies
§ replied with ‘My Space’
§ study of media’s relation to space (especially in relation to
new forms of media); space is central to questions around
media
§ yet most media work to obscure their spatial properties

 

broadcast-space
§ Similarly, broadcast media are spatially organised
§ local, regional, capital city, national
§ Scannell’s “doubling of space”
§ Production-transmission-reception
§ temporality -> SIMULTANEITY, IMMEDIACY
§ In its “everydayness” tv is experienced as live, direct,
unmediated presentation of another space
§ however, it reorganises both spaces and reconfigures the
relationship between them

Description

The concept of doubling of place is well discussed by Moores (2004). Moore argues that media enables doubling or duality of place by ensuring existence of two places, one where the events happen, and the other one is where the event is watched. This concept can be well understood by considering how football fans watch World Cup. The events are held in one country (where it happens) but it is broadcasted through television to many countries in the world (where the event is watched). This means the media (television in this case) mediates between the two places because it is the medium through which the event is relayed. However, the advent of mobile telephone has had major effects on doubling of place. While some analysts argue that mobile telephone diminishes the concept of doubling of problem, mobile telephone actually supplements and modifies the doubling of place effect.