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Media design

Karl Marx said that the scientist cannot just interpret the world; he must change the world directly. Media researchers cannot just analyse the media, we must create new media. I want to know as much as possible about the connection between media technology, content production and human experience. Every prototype we make tell us a lot about what did not work, and a little bit about what's worth going forward with.


Media Design Method: Combining Media Studies with Design Science to Make New Media

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Media researchers should construct their own new media. It is in the public’s best interest that academics as well as industry professionals and amateurs experiment directly with the materiality of new media. Due to a medium’s potential for becoming important in people’s lives, its success should be measured not only by its profitability and usability, […]

Two-way Radio: Audience Participation and Editorial Control in the Future

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Authors: Lars Nyre & Marko Ala-Fossi This book deals with the promise of digital radio. In the 2000s, we see clear tendencies towards a participatory turn in broadcast media, and this is often praised as one the greatest improvements brought along by the digitalization of mass media. Broadcasters now commonly use SMS-messaging, interactive websites and […]

Locative journalism: Designing a location- dependent news medium for smartphones

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Authors: Lars Nyre, Solveig Bjørnestad and Bjørnar Tessem (University of Bergen, Norway) Kjetil Vaage Øie (Volda University College, Norway) This article provides an account of the tensions between locative context-awareness and the act of writing journalistic copy for a mobile application. Based on the field trials of the interdisciplinary LocaNews project, the article discusses locative […]

Experimenting with New Media for Journalism

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New media are maturing, and it is increasingly evident that they wield great influence on traditional journalism as we find it in newspapers, radio and TV news programmes. The present article (1) deals with two strengths of the new media: their affordance of public participation through the aid of two-way interfaces, and their affordance of […]

Normative media research: Moving from the ivory tower to the control tower

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The article enquires about the role of researchers in an era of increasingly competitive innovation in the media industry. I argue that research-driven change in the mass media is possible, and that there should be more of it in the future. More democratic participation in mass media is the issue that most urgently needs to […]

Minimum journalism – Experimental procedures for democratic participation in sound media

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This article presents a sociological experiment with public speaking in a controlled studio environment. We tested several procedures designed to make it possible for ordinary Norwegian citizens to discuss and deliberate public issues more freely than is currently possible in public service broadcasting and the commercial sector. Demostation ran two different series of editorial programming […]