|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy|
|Editors||Klaus B Jensen, Robert T Craig, Jefferson D Pooley, Eric W Rothenbuhler|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|
|State||Published - 2016|
This entry examines contemporary scholarship on media and information technologies at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and communication studies. The term “media and information technologies” is used to bring together a variety of research frameworks that seek to capture symbolic, social, cultural, or political aspects of technology. This body of work emphasizes broad historical scope, infrastructural dimensions, and the distinctive interplay of materiality with symbolic content and meaning. The discussion is organized around three key conceptual bridges: prevailing notions about causality in technology–society relationships; the process of technology development; and the social consequences of technological change. The entry concludes by considering some broader implications of the contemporary landscape of research at the intersection of STS and communication studies for continued intellectual dialogue between the two fields.