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How will we depend on media for remembering? In exploring the advanced ways in which media converge to aid our wish to seize, shop and retrieve thoughts, this textbook bargains analyses of representations of memorable occasions, media instruments for remembering and forgetting, media applied sciences for archiving and the position of media manufacturers in making stories. Theories of reminiscence and media are lined along an obtainable variety of case reports targeting reminiscence in terms of radio, tv, pop song, big name, electronic media and cellphones. Ethnographic and creation tradition learn, together with interviews with individuals of the general public and execs, can also be integrated. providing a complete advent to the connections and disconnections within the examine of media and reminiscence, this is often the proper textbook for media reviews scholars

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Radstone and Hodgkin 2005: 11) That said, memory studies have continued to research less mediated, more authentic, more personal and more individualised accounts of memory. The philosopher Henri Bergson’s approach to memory is quite different but still has something important to offer media studies. Unlike Halbwachs’ ideas, which have obvious political and social currency because they are about the connectedness of memories on a sociological level, Bergson’s philosophical work focused far more on the memory of the individual as a perceptive and (un)conscious function.

What does this information tell us about the relationship between media and memory for contemporary audiences who may approach the Holocaust with only a rudimentary and popular understanding of history? It is these kinds of questions that come to structure how media and memory have been drawn together in recent years as prime areas for sustained investigation. Phase 3: New and Emergent Connections Between Media and Memory Thus far, the first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed the ‘ever more voracious museal culture’ or memory boom (Huyssen 2003a: 1), not least of all in research and scholarship focusing upon the complex and dynamic relationship between media and memory.

Specifically, it is based on ‘textual resources’ provided by others – narratives that stand in, or mediate, between events and our understanding of them. (Wertsch 2002: 5) It is worth highlighting the more recent refinement of Halbwachs’ concept by sociologist Jeffrey Olick as a differentiation between ‘collected memory [. ] the aggregated individual memories of members of a group’ which can be researched through surveys and oral history collection, and ‘collective memory’, which is the public manifestation as mythology, tradition and heritage (1999: 338, 342).

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