Making media work in space: An interdisciplinary perspective on media and communication requirements for current and future space communities

Babidge, S., Cokley, J. D., Gordon, F. and Louw, P. E. (2005) Making media work in space: An interdisciplinary perspective on media and communication requirements for current and future space communities. International Journal of Astrobiology, 4 3-4: 259-268. doi:10.1017/S1473550405002788


Author Babidge, S.
Cokley, J. D.
Gordon, F.
Louw, P. E.
Title Making media work in space: An interdisciplinary perspective on media and communication requirements for current and future space communities
Journal name International Journal of Astrobiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-5504
Publication date 2005
DOI 10.1017/S1473550405002788
Volume 4
Issue 3-4
Start page 259
End page 268
Total pages 10
Editor S. Mitton
Place of publication Cambridge, UK
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
400101 Journalism
751004 The media
Abstract As humans expand into space communities will form. These have already begun to form in small ways, such as long-duration missions on the International Space Station and the space shuttle, and small-scale tourist excursions into space. Social, behavioural and communications data emerging from such existing communities in space suggest that the physically-bounded, work-oriented and traditionally male-dominated nature of these extremely remote groups present specific problems for the resident astronauts, groups of them viewed as ‘communities’, and their associated groups who remain on Earth, including mission controllers, management and astronauts’ families. Notionally feminine group attributes such as adaptive competence, social adaptation skills and social sensitivity will be crucial to the viability of space communities and in the absence of gender equity, ‘staying in touch’ by means of ‘news from home’ becomes more important than ever. A template of news and media forms and technologies is suggested to service those needs and enhance the social viability of future terraforming activities.
Keyword Anthropology
communications
communities
media
psychology
space
Q-Index Code C1

 
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