Whether it's the printing press, telephony, or the World Wide Web – the phenomena of media fear and media euphoria emerge across history with the introduction of all new media(-technologies). The new media in each case go through recognizable "careers" of societal acceptance – from fascination to fear medium, then to everyday medium, and eventually becoming cultural assets.
In this volume, Elisa Budian compiles various media sociological theoretical approaches regarding these "media careers" and subsequently applies them to the realm of digital games. Currently, digital games are in a transitional phase of their media career, making them suitable subjects for examining and updating the theory.
Applying these approaches and theories sheds a new light on fearful and pessimistic arguments against digital games. Elisa Budian suggests that while taking warnings about the potentially violent and addictive effects of digital games, as well as their potential misuse as a form of escapism, seriously, one should also recognize the recurring nature of such narratives in a comparative media-historical context.
Bedrohung oder Verheißung?: Über Medienangst und Medieneuphorie bei digitalen Spielen
Publishers: #VerlagWernerHülsbusch (Verlag Werner Hülsbusch)
#VWHGameStudies (VWH Game Studies)