The interaction between technologies and society: Lessons learnt from 160 evolutionary years of online news services

Nguyen, A. (2007) The interaction between technologies and society: Lessons learnt from 160 evolutionary years of online news services. First Monday, 12 3: 1-19. doi:10.5210/fm.v12i3.1627


Author Nguyen, A.
Title The interaction between technologies and society: Lessons learnt from 160 evolutionary years of online news services
Journal name First Monday   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1396-0466
Publication date 2007-03-05
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.5210/fm.v12i3.1627
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Editor E. Valauskas
Place of publication Bridgman, MI, United States
Publisher First Monday Editorial Group
Language eng
Subject 400104 Communication and Media Studies
400101 Journalism
751004 The media
751099 Communication not elsewhere classified
Abstract In mapping the evolutionary process of online news and the socio-cultural factors determining this development, this paper has a dual purpose. First, in reworking the definition of “online communication”, it argues that despite its seemingly sudden emergence in the 1990s, the history of online news started right in the early days of the telegraphs and spread throughout the development of the telephone and the fax machine before becoming computer-based in the 1980s and Web-based in the 1990s. Second, merging macro-perspectives on the dynamic of media evolution by DeFleur and Ball-Rokeach (1989) and Winston (1998), the paper consolidates a critical point for thinking about new media development: that something technically feasible does not always mean that it will be socially accepted and/or demanded. From a producer-centric perspective, the birth and development of pre-Web online news forms have been more or less generated by the traditional media’s sometimes excessive hype about the power of new technologies. However, placing such an emphasis on technological potentials at the expense of their social conditions not only can be misleading but also can be detrimental to the development of new media, including the potential of today’s online news.
Keyword Online news history
Online news practices
New media and society
Newsroom sociology
Internet history
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 19 Mar 2007, 17:00:00 EST by Dr An Nguyen on behalf of School of Communication and Arts