Book Review of Title: 'Media Innovations: A Multidisciplinary Study of Change' (edited by Storsul, Tanja and Arme Krumsvik)
Communication Research Trends, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2014
5 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2015 Last revised: 22 Jul 2017
Date Written: October 15, 2014
This book is a very timely addition to the growing field of media innovation studies. Thanks to the recent advancements in the information and communication technologies (ICTs) and subsequent growth in various web-based commercial and social media outlets, innovations in production and delivery of media contents has spurred. In the process, the definition of media is being constantly evolved. This is undoubtedly the high time for undertaking of multidisciplinary research on this topic.
This book is composed of three sections titled ‘concepts’, ‘structure and management’, and ‘services and users’ respectively. Each of these sections contains several thematically cohesive papers each presented as a separate chapter.
As the editors’ forewords suggest, the book is all about the contemporary topic of media innovation and contains some of the best papers presented in the 1st International Symposium on media Innovation held in Oslo, Norway in early 2012. As a reader, I found the chapters of this book to be very contemporary and intriguing as they analyze some very important and fast emerging aspects of media innovation. The papers are all relevant, and cohesive to central theme. This 280 page book is a nice, compact document of multidisciplinary studies on this important topic. With thanks to the editors for their great, timely undertaking, I would like to share couple of suggestions for future editions/sequel of the book. First, a slight increase in the font size may provide greater ease of reading. Second, incorporation of a paper or two regarding the impact of recent innovations in Wi-Fi technology on overall media innovation frontiers may further enrich multidisciplinary research prospects of this important and ever expanding subject.
Keywords: Media, Innovation, Change
JEL Classification: L82
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