The Future of Media

Edited by Joanna Zylinska with Goldsmiths Media


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How do we combat post-truth in the news? Are social media influencers the journalists of today? What is it like to live in a smart city? Does AI really change "everything"? The Future of Media investigates the future of media industries and technologies (journalism, TV, film, photography, radio, publishing, social media), while exploring how media shape our future—on a political, economic, cultural and individual level. Issues of diversity, media reform, labour, activism and art take the discussion into a wider social context. Through this, the book celebrates the importance and vitality of media in the modern world. The Future of Media is also an experiment in collaborative modes of thinking and working. Co-authored by theorists and practitioners from one of the world's most established media departments, it offers a radical, creative and critical take on media industries—and on world affairs.

This collection arrives like a gift in advance. Each chapter is grounded in a contextualized reading of the present, voiced in a future-oriented mode: manifesto, modest hope against hope, wary projection, somber warning, cautious reflection, energized activist, fateful meditation, up for grabs. The authors invite their readers—from relative beginner to academic peer—on a trek across diverse media terrain, serving as trustworthy seers tracing out the vectors that have shaped our current moment while feeding into its future-fragile arcs

Dr. Gregory J. Seigworth
Digital Communication and Cultural Studies, Millersville University

From one of the world's great centres for critical research and teaching in media and communication comes this excellent collection of essays, tackling head on many of the most important challenges facing media today, imbued with political urgency and analytical clarity.”

Professor David Hesmondhalgh
School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

The contributors to this collection have put together much more than an edited volume: this is, in its own way, a movement, complete with its artists, theorists, and manifestos. It is an energetic work that draws on a glittering array of thinkers, balancing critiques against possibilities, poised on the abyss of something like hope

Professor Mark Andrejevic
School of Media, Film, and Journalism, Monash University, Australia

The Future of Media is at once the culmination of a decades' long engagement with media studies and materialism and the start of something new. Its writers demonstrate brilliantly how and why diverse materialist approaches to media and computational culture can illuminate the contemporary moment.

Professor Caroline Bassett
Director of Cambridge Digital Humanities, Cambridge University, UK

Edited by Joanna Zylinska with Goldsmiths Media

Joanna Zylinska is a Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of a number of books, including AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped DreamsThe End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse, and Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press), she is involved in experimental and collaborative publishing projects.