Radio: The Resilient Medium

Sans titre2« Radio : le média résiliant »

Les textes de la troisième conférence de la section de Recherche de Radio de ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) ont été édités (en anglais) par Madalena Oliveira, Grażyna Stachyra et Guy Starkey.

« Radio is a resilient medium. It has evolved considerably over its hundred-year history and we have every reason to believe that evolution will continue. This book is a peer- reviewed collection of papers from the third conference of the Radio Research Section of the European Research and Education Association (ECREA), held at the London Campus of the University of Sunderland in September 2013. It represents some of the best research presented at the conference, but every chapter has been revised and edited prior to publication. The book, like the conference, is an initiative of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS), which is based in Sunderland ». Published by the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United Kingdom SR1 3SD

INTRODUCTION

Madalena Oliveira, Grażyna Stachyra and Guy Starkey

« Radio is undoubtedly a resilient medium. This assertion can be evidenced in a number of ways, any of which may be contested, but many of which demonstrate a robustness that lends a good deal of credibility to such a claim. That its history as a medium spans more than a hundred years is incontestable, as it is generally accepted that the Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden made an experimental broadcast of audio content alternating between music and speech in 1906. We are also fast approaching the centenaries of the inauguration of ‘wireless’ broadcasting services, experimental at first, in the 1920s that are very well documented and evidenced. The technology demonstrated around the turn of the nineteenth century by the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi and others as suitable for point-to-point transmission of coded messages is used today not only for radio broadcasting, but also for the distribution of newer media, some of which combine visual content with sound and often using point- to-point principles very similar to Marconi’s. Some electronic content-distribution technology is even commonly referred to today as being ‘wireless’, a term which once referred only to what we now usually call ‘radio’, then became old-fashioned and yet is once again a widely-recognised signifier of modernity. […] »

Pour lire la suite de l’introduction, consulter la table des matières et les résumés des textes : téléchargez ici le PDF de présentation de l’ouvrage.

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