Week 3 post- The Frequencies of Public Writing

Hartley, J. (2004). “The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tone and Time” In Jenkins, H. And Thorburn, D. (Eds) Democracy and New Media. MIT Press, USA, pp 247-269 .

In this second reading, Hartley provides a clear concept to the readers about how frequencies are deeply linked to media, in which frequencies are acting in a big role of constructing the meanings and the forms of the media. He also mentions about how frequencies are linked to the society in which various kinds of media are presenting in. In further, he focuses on questioning whether the introduction of new technologies will help to ruin or develop the relationship between frequencies and the media.

In the early part of his article, Hartley introduces various forms of media in the contemporary society and conveys the concept of how frequencies are bonded with media. He categorizes different forms of media presenting nowadays into three different kinds of frequencies: the high frequency: the daily newspaper, television news and the internet; the mid frequency: monthly magazines, academic journals, books and films; and the low frequency: tomb, inscription and ruins. It is surprised to see that the some of the low frequency group like architectures and ruins are considered as media, however they do provide us information and communicate with us.

Hartley mentions about that the frequency of journalism is getting higher due to the development of high technologies like the internet. There are many advantages in this change, for instance news can be update instantly and reach more public. Moreover, people’s notion of identity and citizenship has also been changed due to the rapidly updating technologies. Identities are now having more mobility and can create various identities. Hartley also believes that the rapid growing of technologies will lead to the decline of classic media technology of democracy, which public is privatized and media is developing more in the privatizing sector. I strongly agree with him as we can see nowadays, news is focusing more in entertainments rather than politics and publics.

There is no evidence telling us about whether higher or lower frequencies of media are better. But in my own view, I believe that various frequencies of media are necessary to exist in order to make our world stable.


Posted on March 27, 2009, in arts1090, arts1090tutorials, F13C, newsouthblogs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. hi Horace! i agree that various frequencies of media are necessary to exist in order to make our world stable, we cannot only rely on high frequency media, no matter how good that may be. The levels of frequency of the media, i believe influence the culture of a society.

    Maheen : D

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