What is new about new media?
No matter how much the new media has changed society, meanings, users, despite all the connectedness, interrelatedness or networking we all experience day by day, we somehow do not believe that this is really the case. Although all the theories about the self being just a place in a complex network that gains meaning from the network, we do not easily give up the image of a fixed, self-identified self or we do not take the responsibility for all the consequences of fluid, interchangeable identities. We know in theory that we are residents of a global village, but we do not act in accord with that. Perhaps the new media is still new because we, the users, are the old ones.
“The new media shall never stop to be new” – affirms Katalin Fehér in her article about the zoom interference model of new media. This means that new media constantly defies reliable, eternal definitions, forcing us to find the grips that give the current frames for current meaning.
This time, however, we do not invite our conference participants to look for frameworks, but rather we would like to invite those who are frustrated or helpfully affected by the volatility, renewal, and trends of new media to explore the unstable, the unpredictable, the fluid, ever-new component(s).
Fehér Katalin (2019): The Zoom Interface Model of New Media. A Metaphor-Based Dynamic Approach in the Jungle of Concepts. Mediatization Studies, 2019/3. 7–20.
Jenkins, Henry – Ford, Sam – Green, Joshua (2013): Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture. NYU Press
Papacharissi, Zizi ed. (2010): A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites. Taylor & Francis
Organizer institute of the conference: Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Department of Applied Social Sciences
Time and place of the conference: 3-4th of April 2020, Targu Mures – Corunca
Applications online from 20th of January 2020 to 13th of March 2020 on the site of the conference: www.ujmedia.ro/application. We will confirm your application by the 20th of March 2020.