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The Contours of Multimedia

The Contours of Multimedia

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The Contours of Multimedia

Recent Technological, theoretical and empirical developments

Edited by: Lucien Hansson

Publication date: 1996
Total pages: 184
ISBN: 1 86020 511 9
Price: £ 17.50


The term multimedia has become something of a catch-all phrase for a large array of new communication technologies: interactive television, video-on-demand, High Definition Television, virtual reality ­ to name a few. It qualifies without doubt as one of the buzz words of the 1990s, along with similarly fashionable phrases like cyberspace and Internet.
Many references to multimedia have little more substance than marketing hype. Authors of some of the more popular literature speak in terms of the 'next millennium' and urge us 'to embrace this social change that promises to usher in a new pattern of communication'. At the same time a wealth of literature is rapidly accumulating on multimedia developments, particularly in popular and 'how to' genres, and on technical aspects.
Critical examinations of multimedia from social science perspectives are poorly represented. Contours of Multimedia is meant as a contribution to this category of literature. The volume is a collection of reflections on multimedia ­ its technical and theoretical bases, some of its educational and informational applications, and research approaches and considerations.


Dr Nicholas Jankowski is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Nijmegen.
Dr Lucien Hansson is a staff member of the Foundation of Public Information on Science and Technology and is also involved in research at the University of Nijmegen.

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