Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic by Eric Hirsch, Roger Silverstone

By Eric Hirsch, Roger Silverstone

Eating applied sciences opens for research a few the most important yet infrequently tested parts of social, cultural and financial existence. At its center is a priority with the complicated set of relationships that mark and outline where of the family within the sleek international, and a proof of the connection among the household and public spheres as they're mediated by way of intake and know-how.

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Once again we turn to research on television for illustration of what we mean. Television is the source of much of the talk and gossip of everyday life (Hobson 1982). The content of its programmes, the twists of narrative, the morality of characters, the anxieties around news, provide in many places and for most of us, with greater or lesser degrees of intensity, much of the currency of everyday discourse. Computer software has the same status for certain groups. Telephone conversations are as important as face-toface communication as a means of transmission.

But equally, the conversion of the experience of the appropriation of meanings derived from television, for example, is an indication of membership and competence in a public culture, to whose construction it actively contributes. This aspect of the expression of the moral economy of the household is particularly significant for teenagers, who will use their consumption of recorded music, or their collection of computer games, literally as a ticket into peer-group culture. The exchange of games and records, and talk about games and records, provides a mechanism for the individual to become a member of a peer-group culture, but also, of course, constitutes that culture in fundamental ways.

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