<videovortex> cfp: tv in 21st century

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Wed Feb 7 16:45:17 CET 2007

Call For Papers: 'Media International Australia' Issue no. 126, Feb 2008
'Beyond Broadcasting: TV for the Twenty-First Century'

Theme Editors: Graham Meikle and Sherman Young

The broadcast era is over. The twentieth-century broadcast model of
centralised, one-way transmission of pre-packaged content to large,
simultaneous audiences is increasingly challenged and complemented by 
approaches. Content, distribution channels, geographical constraints,
production values, business models, regulatory approaches and cultural
habits are changing as the new media technologies empower users in
unexpected ways and increasingly recast TV as something that audiences
create as well as watch. Cheap hardware and software allow anyone to 
original or ?mashed-up? videos. The ubiquity of camera-phones and CCTV
redefines reality television. Higher-quality resources bring 
quality to video blogs and citizen journalism. Affordable editing 
allow creative re-mixes of low-brow soap-operas. And sites such as You 
demonstrate the online demand for such non-traditional video 

Such media forms are unlikely to replace television as we know it. But 
will displace it. This issue of 'Media International Australia' invites
contributions that are able to push forward our thinking about 
The following gives some indication of the range of possible topics, 
but is
not intended to rule out other questions.

* What is television in the twenty-first century? Should our definition 
television change? If television is considered a cultural habit, what 
habits are emerging?

* Does television require an industry? How are audiences reinventing
themselves as producers?

* What are the relationships between free to air, pay TV, public
broadcasting and emerging new formats?

* What are the impacts of new distribution models, both legal and 

* What impacts do the new technologies and habits have on traditional
institutions, policies and regulatory frameworks?

Papers should be approximately 4-5000 words and comply with the MIA 
guide, available at <http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/mia/index.html>. Further
information is available from Dr Graham Meikle 
<graham.meikle at mq.edu.au> or
Dr Sherman Young <sherman.young at mq.edu.au>.

Abstracts should be sent to the theme editors by 1 May  2007.

Following proposal assessments, papers for refereeing will be required 
by 1
August 2007, with any revisions to be completed by 15 November 2007 for
publication in February 2008.

About the journal:

Media International Australia (MIA) publishes new scholarly and applied
research on the media, telecommunications, and the cultural industries,
and the policy regimes within which they operate

MIA was founded by Professor Henry Mayer in 1976. It was published by
the Australian Film, Television and Radio School until 1997, when it
moved to the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy at Griffith
University. At that time, it was merged with the Centre's journal,
Culture and Policy. From 2004, it became a publication of the School of
EMSAH and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, at The
University of Queensland. In 2005 the Henry Mayer Lecture was
established in memory of the journal's founder.

Broadly inclusive and inter-disciplinary, the journal welcomes the
writing of history, theory and analysis, commentary and debate. While
its primary focus is Australia, the journal also aims to provide an
international perspective.

Dr Graham Meikle

Senior Lecturer, Department of Media,
Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy,
Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia.

tel: (61 2) 9850-6899
fax: (61 2) 9850-6776
email: <graham.meikle at mq.edu.au>

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