Research Repository

The materiality of digital media: The hard disk drive, phonograph, magnetic tape and optical media in technical close-up

Allen-Robertson, J (2017) 'The materiality of digital media: The hard disk drive, phonograph, magnetic tape and optical media in technical close-up.' New Media and Society, 19 (3). 455 - 470. ISSN 1461-4448

[img]
Preview
Text
NMS - Materiality - Open Access Version.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (380kB) | Preview

Abstract

© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. Popular discourses surrounding contemporary digital media often misrepresent it as immaterial and ephemeral, overlooking the material devices that store and generate our media objects. This article materially ‘descends’ into a selection of prior media forms that make up the genealogy of the hard disk drive (HDD) to challenge our reliance on conceptual misrepresentations. This material analysis is used to situate digital media in a genealogy of prior media forms, to enrich our understanding of how media’s affordances arise from the interplay of both formal and forensic materiality and to demonstrate the value of reintegrating materiality back into the study of media.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: James Allen-Robertson
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14709

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item