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.

Virtual Realities: Recreational Vehicles for a Post-Television Culture?

Virtual Realities: Recreational Vehicles for a Post-Television Culture?

Virtual realities: Recreational vehicles for a post-television culture?

With prognostications for the demise of television and mass media within the next decade, various forms of virtual reality (VR) seem positioned to become the important new technology for the twenty-first century.1 With little informed commentary on this matter, the promoters and polemicists have lined up on the Utopian and dystopian sides of the issue. Often they represent VR as a cutting edge technology. They depict VR with the image of a head-mounted display with data gloves, and describe it as an interactive immersion experience existing within a controlled computer-generated environment.

On the Utopian side of this post-television culture, we cruise unimpeded along electronic superhighways. Under a technologically determined blue sky, ...

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