Academic journal article New Formations

Editorial

Academic journal article New Formations

Editorial

Article excerpt

new formations is, and always has been, an interdisciplinary journal with a theoretical and conceptual bias. As such, the journal tends not to publish issues dedicated to the study of any one particular medium or even in one particular discipline. This isn't a hard and fast exclusion, however; where a topic seems sufficiently important, and where concentration on a particular medium or discipline seems natural or inevitable to its treatment, we're happy to recognise this and to give space to the exploration of such themes. The collection of essays presented in Reading After Empire constitutes one such exploration, taking as its starting point the investigation of a practice which is today everywhere and nowhere: reading. While the long-heralded end of the age of print is still often assumed to involve a shift into a media universe dominated by images, animation and ubiquitous sound, it remains quite obvious that a large proportion of recent innovations in communications technology (from instant messaging and SMS through to the glamorous gloss of the ipad) actually involve a proliferation of sites and forms of reading. The nature of text-based communication may be changing, but there is no less reading taking place than there ever was. At the same time, the persistence and centrality of print media - from newspapers to literary fiction - to many public contexts is a constant reminder that the written word and its reception remain fundamental to the understanding of contemporary culture, as the varied and fascinating contributions to this volume make clear. …

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