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KARVONEN, Erkki. Millaista yhteiskuntaa eri mediat tuottavat?. Informaatiotutkimus, [S.l.], v. 35, n. 4, p. 4-14, joulu. 2016. ISSN 1797-9129. Saatavilla: <>.

Millaista yhteiskuntaa eri mediat tuottavat?

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Author: Karvonen, Erkki1
Organizations: 1Oulun yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informaatiotutkimuksen yhdistys, 2016
Publish Date: 2017-01-30


This article engages in discussion on how information and communication technologies shape society and culture. These “media deterministic” insights are studied here with special interest in Marshall T. Poe’s (2011) book A History ofCommunications. Poe presents a detailed theory of media that aim to explain the impact of different forms of communication on human history. Technologies of speech, writing, print, electronic devices, and the Internet have each shaped their own kind of cultures and historical epochs. Poe formulates these media deterministic ideas as follows: Medium Attributes → Network Attributes → Social Practices and Values. Medium attributes are: Accessibility, Privacy, Fidelity, Volume, Velocity, Range, Persistence and Searchability. Each medium has different kind of bias based on these attributes and this way the medium highlights and supports some kind of communication networks, and furthermore, supports particular kind of social practices and ideologies (or values) that legitimize these practices. Poe’s insights are scrutinized and also challenged here.

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Series: Informaatiotutkimus
ISSN: 1797-9137
ISSN-E: 1797-9129
ISSN-L: 1797-9137
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
Pages: 4 - 14
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
Copyright information: Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.