Digital Transformation, Print Continuity

Magazine as Art Form Rather Than Platform

Authored by: David Abrahamson

The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138854161
eBook ISBN: 9781315722283
Adobe ISBN: 9781317524533


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Some future historians may maintain that it was the advent of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990s that marked the true dawn of the Digital Age. Yet this would be almost 30 years after the birth of the Internet, with the invention in the late 1960s of packet-switching networks by ARPANET in the United States and the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory. Certainly a number of the historical scholars who will subscribe to this school of thought are likely to be media historians because the disruptions fostered by the Web have clearly had profound implications for all media—indeed, across the entire information ecosystem. And while it can be argued that the world of magazines has suffered somewhat less from the paradigm tremors than other media, for many magazine professionals that may, at best, be lukewarm comfort.

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