Agency and Media Reception

Agency and Media Reception

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What happens to our sense of agency, our general ability to perform actions in our life worlds, in the course of media reception and appropriation? Whilst considering media communication as a special form of social action, this work reconsiders the key concepts of social action theory, pragmatism, communication theory as well as film, game and television theory. It thus integrates agency as the key to understanding a€˜doing mediaa€™ and at the same time conceptualizes agency as a specific mode of involvement across media boundaries. This approach amalgamates miscellaneous ideas and conceptions such as interactivity, participation, cognitive control, play or empowerment and applies the theoretical considerations on the basis of textual analyses of the films Inception and The Proposal, the TV shows Lost and Ia€™m a Celebrity and the video games Grand Theft Auto IV and The Walking Dead.... if a video game is controlled via keyboard and mouse or if we swing the Wii- remote like a racket to play a tennis match. ... a€œWhen the player is able to solve the problems by finding solutions and executing them and thus initiate gameanbsp;...

Title:Agency and Media Reception
Author: Susanne Eichner
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2014-01-21

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