Questions to Think About – New Media: A Critical Introduction
Hey guys …
So, I’m covering Part III. While looking through this chapter, I stumbled upon one section called Political Economy. Considering that I’m very interested in this topic, I wanted to post my question on this topic.
***NOTE***: I will be updating this post throughout the next couple of days and into the weekend! So, come back to this and check it out before the start of class. Oh, and I have also added a new category “Political Economy”.
Question: If we agree with Lister et al. when they say that
Production in a capitalist society is primarily, but not exclusively, organised around the production of goods and services (i.e. commodities) for profit. In media production, a capitalist model of production therefore leads to the creation of cultural commodities such as books, television programmes, music CDs, websites, CD-ROMs, DVDs, computer software and so on.
then, let us try to answer Lister et al. earlier question …
How far do our existing methods and analyses continue to be useful for understanding new media and how far do we need to reinvent them for networked media, a newly emergent object of study?
Another question … Raymond Williams is a key figure in cultural studies. He’s idea of cultural materialism allowed for people to think of culture in terms of a Marxist base-superstructure model; and showed that even cultural artifacts like music production are inherently tied into the economic and political agendas of a capitalist society. So …
What might a guy like Raymond Williams (R.I.P.) say about networked medias and/or digitial societies/cultures/divides?