Online book launch: “Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test”

Simone Natale is happy to invite you to the online launch of his latest book, Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test (Oxford University Press, 2021). The event, organized for the book’s release in Europe and the UK, brings the author in conversation with three leading scholars of AI and algorithmic culture:

Veronica Barassi, St. Gallen University, Switzerland
N. Katherine Hayles, University of California, USA
Christian Katzenbach, University of Bremen, Germany
Moderator: Paolo Bory, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy


This online event takes place on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 5-6:30 BST on Zoom; registered participants will receive the link to join the Zoom session before the event. Participation is free upon registration, places are limited. A livestream will be provided for those who were not able to complete the registration.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/176367599237

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ECREA Communication History Section: our Panels at the ECREA 2021 Virtual conference

7 September 2021

Panel 1 (room 12): COH01 – Memories, narratives, and preservation in the media

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

In order to follow the panel, please log in the conference website, find the panel and get the Zoom link. 

Panel 2 (room 12): COH02 – Contemporary (and apparently) digital effects in the analogue world

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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Panel 3 (room 12): COH03 – Mass media historiography: theory and case studies in journalism and radio

17:00 – 18:30 CEST

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8 September 2021 

Panel 4 (room 12): COH04 – The (un)coverage of the 25 November 1975 military coup in Portugal. Constrained Media narratives on a polarized political environment

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

In order to follow the panel, please log in the conference website, find the panel and get the Zoom link. 

Business meeting (room 9)

13:15-14:45 CEST

In order to follow the business meeting, please log in the conference website, find the COH business meeting at this website and get the Zoom link. 

9 September 2021

Panel 5 (room 26): COH05 – Trust, spread, and re-use of information after WWII

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 6 (room 26): COH06 – Historicizing media and communication concepts of the digital age

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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10 September 2021 

Post Conference “Old Media Persistence” 

9:00 – 16.30 CEST

To access the program: https://oldnewspersistence.com/program/

To register and join the virtual program through Webex, please send an email to valerie.schafer@uni.lu until September 8, 2021.

Digital Roots. Historicizing Media and Communication Concepts of the Digital Age

Edited by: Gabriele Balbi, Nelson Ribeiro, Valérie Schafer and Christian Schwarzenegger (De Gruyter, 2021)

As media environments and communication practices evolve over time, so do theoretical concepts. This book analyzes some of the most well-known and fiercely discussed concepts of the digital age from a historical perspective, showing how many of them have pre-digital roots and how they have changed and still are constantly changing in the digital era. Written by leading authors in media and communication studies, the chapters historicize 16 concepts that have become central in the digital media literature, focusing on three main areas. The first part, Technologies and Connections, historicises concepts like network, media convergence, multimedia, interactivity and artificial intelligence. The second one is related to Agency and Politics and explores global governance, datafication, fake news, echo chambers, digital media activism. The last one, Users and Practices, is finally devoted to telepresence, digital loneliness, amateurism, user generated content, fandom and authenticity. The book aims to shed light on how concepts emerge and are co-shaped, circulated, used and reappropriated in different contexts. It argues for the need for a conceptual media and communication history that will reveal new developments without concealing continuities and it demonstrates how the analogue/digital dichotomy is often a misleading one.

The book is available in open access

Frontmatter 
I
Contents 
V
Digging into Digital Roots. Towards a Conceptual Media and Communication History 
Gabriele Balbi, Nelson Ribeiro, Valérie Schafer and Christian Schwarzenegger 
1
TECHNOLOGIES AND CONNECTIONS
Networks 
Massimo Rospocher and Gabriele Balbi 
19
Media Convergence 
John O’Sullivan and Leopoldina Fortunati 
41
Multimedia 
Katie Day Good 
59
Interactivity 
Benjamin Thierry 
77
Artificial Intelligence 
Paolo Bory, Simone Natale and Dominique Trudel 
95
AGENCY AND POLITICS
Global Governance 
Francesca Musiani and Valérie Schafer 
117
Data(fication) 
Erik Koenen, Christian Schwarzenegger and Juraj Kittler 
137
Fake News 
Monika Hanley and Allen Munoriyarwa 
157
Echo Chambers 
Maria Löblich and Niklas Venema 
177
Digital Media Activism 
Emiliano Treré and Anne Kaun 
193
USERS AND PRACTICES
Telepresence 
Jérôme Bourdon 
211
Digital Loneliness 
Edward Brennan 
229
Amateurism 
Susan Aasman, Tim van der Heijden and Tom Slootweg 
245
User-Generated Content (UGC) 
Göran Bolin 
267
Fandom 
Eleonora Benecchi and Erika Wang 
281
Authenticity 
Andreas Fickers 
299
Authors 
313

Balbi, Gabriele, Ribeiro, Nelson, Schafer, Valérie and Schwarzenegger, Christian (ed.). Digital Roots: Historicizing Media and Communication Concepts of the Digital Age, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110740202

Old Media Persistence. Post-conference program. September 10, 2021

A remote postconference co-organized by three ECREA Thematic Sections: Communication History, Radio and Sound, Television Studies

Time Zone is CEST (Central European Summer Time).

9.00-9.15: Introduction (Belén Monclús, Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano, Valérie Schafer)

9.15-10.30: Panel 1 

Old and New: persistence and co-existence

Chair: Berber Hagedoorn

  • Gabriele Balbi, Old media persistence in the digital era. A theory
  • Anne F. MacLennan, Radio old and new: Persistence of Canadian radio broadcasting in a digital world
  • Jutta Roeser & Jo Marie Dominiak, How old and new music media coexist in everyday life: Media consumption between dynamics and persistence

10.30-10.45: Virtual coffee break 

10.45-12.00: Panel 2 

Audiovisual transformations: Continuities and inspirations  

Chair: Christian Schwarzenegger

  • Josep Maria Martí, Belén Monclús, Maria Gutiérrez, Xavier Ribes & Pau Lluis, The Spanish radio industry at the digital crossroad
  • Paloma López Villafranca & Silvia Olmedo Salar, The transformation of radio drama into sound fiction on radio stations and audio platforms in Spain  
  • Andreas Schellewald, Locating the popular pleasures of TikTok historically

12.00-13.00: Virtual Lunch break

13.00-14.30: Panel 3 

Live and let die: Survival, re-emergence and nostalgia  

Chair: Salvatore Scifo

  • Jacob Ørmen, Rasmus Helles, & Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Mass media are dying – Long live mass communication!
  • Jonas Harvard & Ingela Wadbring, Let print die! Radical digital innovation in a Swedish local newspaper conglomerate and the idea of outdated “old media”
  • João Pereira de Matos, Beyond nostalgia and emulation: Teletext as an ontotechnology of resistance
  • Shellie McMurdo & Laura Mee, Haunted tape: Video, horror and nostalgia

14.30-14.45: Virtual Coffee break 

14.45-16.15: Panel 4 

Persisting Practices

Chair: Nazan Haydari 

  • Philipp Seuferling, Persisting media practices: An approach to historicize media in contexts of refugee governance
  • Sergio Minniti, A “biographical” approach to retromedia practices: The case of Polaroidism
  • Juliette de Maeyer & Will Mari, Acoustic phone couplers: An enduring analog-to-digital “bridge” technology for news workers
  • Alexia Cappuccio, Can the radio still produce quality journalistic information? Work, roles, and news production of the French public radio journalists

16.15: Concluding remarks (Gabriele Balbi, Berber Hagedoorn, Nazan Haydari)

To register and join the virtual program through Webex, please send an email to valerie.schafer@uni.lu until September 8, 2021. 

For more information, please visit the post-conference website: https://oldnewspersistence.com/