Metamorphoses of (New) Media
The current success story of new media and the ongoing digitalisation of our world provide an illuminating starting point for the discussion of the powerful revolutions in our media and media uses initiated by the introduction of a(ny) ‘new’ medium: how do new media evolve and how do they relate to established, ‘old’ media and media uses? What does the rise of new media and media uses imply for other discourses? And not least: which methodological and theoretical approaches help us to understand these developments? Metamorphoses of (New) Media offers an international and interdisciplinary range of studies on these questions. In examining the effects of new media and media uses in fields such as social discourse, transmediality, and aesthetics, the essays in this collection engage with a great variety of examples, from political debate on Twitter to digital storytelling and the game-like experience of DVDs. What these diverse perspectives share, however, is an approach to Metamorphoses of (New) Media as an ongoing, recursive process of change that initiates dialogue and casts light on existing discursive, medial, and aesthetic models.
Julia Genz is a Professor of Comparative and Modern German Literature at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and at Witten/Herdecke University. The focus of her work is poetics and aesthetics, evaluation discourses, and media theory.
Ulrike Küchler is an independent scholar and works in transmedia publishing. Her creative practice and research focus on themes and modes of digital storytelling, the aesthetics of old and new media, and art and artificial life in science fiction.
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