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Media, practice and social change (part 2)

January 8, 2010

See part 1 of this blogstorming exercise here

9. Social practices don’t just happen – they need regular maintenance, that is, regular performance, in order to survive.

10. After all, practices exist within a vast and everchanging ecology of practices; in some cases they will be found blindly ‘competing’ against other practices for human attention and labour; in others they will sustain themselves and prosper through symbiotic relationships with one another.

11. It may be best not to make too sharp a distinction between media- and non-media practices and instead regard most practices as being to greater or lesser extent mediated.

12. During the period under consideration (1980s-2000s) we have witnessed a greater mediatization of social practices around the globe.

13. Sometimes an existing practice (e.g. getting married) will be influenced by fashions and fads originating in films, TV or the Web – e.g. anecdotal evidence suggests that the film Four Weddings and a Funeral may have had an effect on weddings in different parts of the world (see also Liz Bird’s recent work on this).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2010 4:42 pm

    On second thoughts, is getting married a practice? After all it is not something most of us do on a regular basis. If it’s not a practice, what is it then?


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