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(2014) Mediatized worlds, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Intensifying mediatization

everyware media

James Miller

pp. 107-122

The notion of mediatization, as recent as it is — still taking shape, in fact, with competing definitions — is nevertheless a concept that labels what are fast becoming past developments. Other terms already push beyond it. Roger Silverstone's mediapolis (2006) and Mark Deuze's media life (2011 and in this volume) imply another step in the mediatization process. Mediatization recognizes the emergence of the media as a full-fledged, independent institutional realm, while other institutions necessarily operate interdependently with the media. The ontology of mediapolis or media life, however, grows out of intensifying conditions of media ubiquity, portability, personalization and, most of all, invisibility. When the media are everywhere and used for nearly everything, they lose their familiar distinctiveness as material devices, discrete services and social practices. Instead, they become embedded, inter-twined and increasingly hidden. And their use begins to surpass simulation to become an extended social reality and augmented sensory and cognitive experience.2

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DOI: 10.1057/9781137300355_7

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Miller, J. (2014)., Intensifying mediatization: everyware media, in A. Hepp & F. Krotz (eds.), Mediatized worlds, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 107-122.

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