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The Future of Audiences

A Foresight Analysis of Interfaces and Engagement

  • Ranjana Das
  • Brita Ytre-Arne
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Crossroads

  3. Interfaces

  4. Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Jelena Kleut, Tereza Pavlíčková, Ike Picone, Sander De Ridder, Bojana Romic, Jannie Møller Hartley
      Pages 123-140
    3. Jannie Møller Hartley, Bojana Romic, Ike Picone, Sander De Ridder, Tereza Pavlíčková, Jelena Kleut
      Pages 141-160
    4. Maria Francesca Murru, Inês Amaral, Maria José Brites, Gilda Seddighi
      Pages 161-177
    5. Maria José Brites, Niklas Alexander Chimirri, Inês Amaral, Gilda Seddighi, Marisa Torres da Silva, Maria Francesca Murru
      Pages 179-195
  5. Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Lucia Vesnić-Alujević, Gilda Seddighi, Ranjana Das, David Mathieu
      Pages 199-241
    3. Brita Ytre-Arne, Inês Amaral, Niklas Alexander Chimirri, Miguel Vicente-Mariño
      Pages 243-261
  6. Agendas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Brita Ytre-Arne, Ranjana Das
      Pages 275-292

About this book

Introduction

“Many fear that the algorithmic turn in journalism and cultural production generally evacuates the site of the audience. But, as Das and Ytre-Arne make clear in this skilfully edited volume that distils the research of 22 young European researchers, the audience is still there and we need to listen to them. This fresh and lively book offers many insights into those ordinary things we do as we interact with platforms, while keeping a close eye on the bigger issues: literacy and engagement, the politics of platforms and the elusive possibility of a European public sphere.  An exciting read!”
–Nick Couldry, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

“This book sets an agenda for rethinking audience activity in a digital, 'datafied' world. Truly interdisciplinary and collaborative, the interwoven contributions provide innovative theoretical and methodological tools with which to explore audience practices in an increasingly fluid future.”  
–S. Elizabeth Bird, Professor, University of South Florida, USA

“Audience research is now more important than ever, as audiences have become more central to online media dynamics and data flows. With the emerging Internet of Things and the ubiquitous presence of platforms in our lives, this collection offers a timely and important guide to the future of audiences and audience studies. A thorough and insightful foresight study that is indispensable for the next generation of media scholars.”  
–José van Dijck, Distinguished University Professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands, author of The Culture of Connectivity  

This book brings together contributions from scholars across Europe to present findings from a foresight analysis exercise on audiences and audience analysis, looking towards an increasingly datafied world and anticipating the ubiquity of the internet of things. The book uses knowledge emerging out of three foresight exercises, produced in co-operation with more than 50 stake-holding organisations and building on systematic reviews of audience research. It works through these exercises to arrive at a renewed agenda for audience studies within communication scholarship in the context of intrusive and connected interfaces and emerging communicative practices.
 

Keywords

Audience audiences media communication theory media history

Editors and affiliations

  • Ranjana Das
    • 1
  • Brita Ytre-Arne
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway

About the editors

Ranjana Das is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Surrey, UK.
 
Brita Ytre-Arne is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Audience research is now more important than ever, as audiences have become more central to online media dynamics and data flows. With the emerging Internet of Things and the ubiquitous presence of platforms in our lives, this collection offers a timely and important guide to the future of audiences and audience studies. A thorough and insightful foresight study that is indispensable for the next generation of media scholars.” (José van Dijck, Distinguished University Professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands, author of The Culture of Connectivity)

“This book sets an agenda for rethinking audience activity in a digital, “datafied” world. Truly interdisciplinary and collaborative, the interwoven contributions provide innovative theoretical and methodological tools with which to explore audience practices in an increasingly fluid future.” (S. Elizabeth Bird, Professor, University of South Florida, USA)

“The Future of Audiences starts from the premise that we can no longer think about audiences (aka citizens, publics, subjects) without also considering the datafication of everything, the rise of platform and algorithmic power, the promised Internet of Things and other technological developments as yet unknown to us. As such, it is long overdue and most welcome. Along with its impressively broad lens and measured and thoughtful tone, this makes the book essential reading to anyone interested in how people engage with media, now and in the future.” (Helen Kennedy, Professor of Digital Society, University of Sheffield, UK)

“As social media and platforms have made us all into content producers, is it still useful to retain a notion of ‘audiences’? With breath-taking speed, digitization and datafication seem to have made many of the classic questions underpinning audience research obsolete. The editors and authors of this volume have done a magnificent job in both demystifying the tech-hypes and asking the new relevant questions for future audience study. A must read for all of us who find themselves baffled at the intersection of old media, new technologies, big data, smart cities, algorithms, robots and what have you.” (Liesbet van Zoonen, Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)

“Many fear that the algorithmic turn in journalism and cultural production generally evacuates the site of the audience. But, as Das and Ytre-Arne make clear in this skilfully edited volume that distils the research of 22 young European researchers, the audience is still there and we need to listen to them. This fresh and lively book offers many insights into those ordinary things we do as we interact with platforms, while keeping a close eye on the bigger issues: literacy and engagement, the politics of platforms and the elusive possibility of a European public sphere.  An exciting read!” (Nick Couldry, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“In the face of the most recent and the still looming media innovations that foster–and at the same require–sophisticated practices on the users' side the term ‘audiences’ sounds rather old-fashioned, a remainder from the mass media era. This book, a collective effort of young researchers with its parts being particularly well interconnected and integrated, tells another story: it demonstrates that there is a future of audiences–and a future of audience research!” (Uwe Hasebrink, Professor, Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, University of Hamburg, Germany)