New book by ZeMKI members Erik Koenen, Christian Pentzold and Christian Katzenbach available in open access

Digital Communication and Communication History. Perspectives, Potentials, Problem Areas edited by Christian Schwarzenegger, Erik Koenen, Christian Pentzold, Thomas Birkner and Christian Katzenbach.

It is time to explore digitization and digital media communication in terms of communication history. Digital communication often presents itself as largely timeless in a perpetual now. Yet digitization has an immanent historical dimension. Not only has it been involved in processes of social change for several decades now, but it has itself evolved and changed during this time. Only a long-term perspective makes it possible to distinguish between continuity and change, the transformation of existing communication phenomena and the emergence of actually new forms and phenomena of media communication in the context of digitization. To this end, the volume brings together contributions that deal with epistemological, methodological, and source-related peculiarities of the communication-historical study of digital communication. In addition, the contributions illuminate the potentials of digital media and digital methods for the historiography of communication. Thus, the volume shows which questions and perspectives become possible when digital media and communication are thought about and researched in long-term perspectives. The book aims to inform, sensitize, motivate, and hopefully inspire further research that thinks digital communication and communication history together, and that contributes to giving digital communication a past.

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