What is a presentational media regime? The contemporary breakdown in systems of representation

Marshall, David 2008, What is a presentational media regime? The contemporary breakdown in systems of representation, in Canadian Communication Association. Conference (2008 : British Columbia, Canada), University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada.


Title What is a presentational media regime? The contemporary breakdown in systems of representation
Author(s) Marshall, David
Conference name CCA 2008 : Thinking beyond borders : global ideas : global values
Conference location British Columbia, Canada
Conference dates 4-6 Jun. 2008
Title of proceedings Canadian Communication Association. Conference (2008 : British Columbia, Canada)
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2008
Publisher University of British Columbia
Place of publication British Columbia, Canada
Summary Foundational to both the operation and legitimation of our traditional media is the idea of representation: in some sense the images of television, the sounds of radio, the narratives of film, and the various public personalities stand in or in place of ourselves. Likewise our contemporary political system function as an elaborate representational system, where regions, "seats", electorates, the nation, and the nationstate are represented by individuals, parties and symbols. Although, there are differences between and among modern nation-states as clearly different political and cultural agendas are at play, the interplay of contemporary media, culture and politics has produced what can be called a 'representational regime' that more or less operates globally, albeit fragmented into national and regional groupings.

This paper explores the initial stages in the breakdown of this system of representation that has allowed a certain organization of culture and politics to expand and develop over the last two centuries. It acknowledges that central to this regime is something Nick Couldry has identified as "the myth of the mediated centre" (Couldry, 2003). What the paper argues, and therefore differs from Couldry's conclusion, is that there are cracks in the glue that holds the system together and they are emerging in the uses of new media. Through an exploration of presentational media - that is, media that is more involved with the presentation of the self for public/private and networked consumption than traditional media's effort to embody their audience in its narratives - the paper reaches for conclusions that identify a more elaborate legitimation crisis looming in our political and cultural worlds.
Language eng
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019638

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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