Today, information is exchanged across an expanding spectrum, from divergent sources, in a multiplicity of applications. This new theory of transmission extends its vision beyond the boundaries of television to the still-shifting territories of interactive media. The chapters in Transmission investigate the impact of video and interactivity and virtual reality on the social, cultural, and economic environment of television. Comparing the recent past with the present–and the immediate future–this groundbreaking work examines aesthetic values as they are shaped by gender, race, and class issues. Since video looks at how television (mis)represents culture, Transmission examines the effects of communication tools and technologies on its participating constituents. An important volume for any scholar or student in the areas of media studies, mass communication, cultural studies, or popular culture.
No one said it was going to be easy. Certain themes are persistent in the self-analysis of video activists: access, work-practices, end-users. The spirit of critique (and self-criticism) which at times can seem so introspective and even petty marks the sector off as different, not only from others but from itself. But this endless self-questioning is also functional—it makes us constantly conscious that we must make the culture in which we wish to live, according to all the strategies that we can employ. This is not a quest in the classical sense: there is no definite end in sight. It is not teleological, guided by an historical goal, but eschalogical, governed by the principle of hope. It is science as defined by ...