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The New Television Ecosystem

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Edited By Alberto Abruzzese, Nello Barile, Julian Gebhardt and Jane Vincent

This highly topical book deals with the new frontiers of digital television addressing the challenges it faces as a result of the upsurge of new and converging digital technologies. In a world which has developed online interactivity and new roles for its users, a new scenario of the domestic sphere is emerging where television has lost its dominance within audiovisual products to the Internet, videogames, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Contemporary digital television is thus a field where different platforms, languages and formats compete in order to become the dominant standard for the future. In this new TV ecosystem audiences are negotiating their identities and are implementing practices of use which are redesigning the entire processes for TV production and consumption.

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217 About the Authors Alberto Abruzzese is Professor of Sociology of Communication at IULM Uni- versity in Milan, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Tourism, Cul- tures and Territory and pro-Rector for International Relationships and Technologi- cal Innovation. His research fields are the following: mass communication, ci- nema, television and new media, especially with a focus on social changes related to mass uses of media. He has been for years Full Professor of Sociology of Com- munication at “La Sapienza” University in Rome and at the “Federico II” Univer- sity in Naples. Some of his works (also translated in French, Spanish and Brazil- ian) are: Forme estetiche e società di massa (1973), Lo splendore della TV. Ori- gini e destino del linguaggio audiovisivo (1995), Lessico della Comunicazione (2003), L’occhio di Joker (2006), Sociologie della comunicazione (with Paolo Mancini, 2007), Educare e comunicare. Spazi e azioni dei media (edited by, with R. Maragliano, Mondadori, 2008), Il crepuscolo dei barbari (Bevivino, 2011). Juan Miguel Aguado holds a PhD in Communication Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Postgraduate in Social Research by the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). Currently he is Associate Professor of Commu- nication Theory in the School of Communication and Information Studies at the University of Murcia (Spain). His research and publications focus on the social impact of technology, mobility and the role of experiential mediation in cultural consumption processes. Together with Inmaculada J. Martínez he has recently published Sociedad Móvil....

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