What is the point of media anthropology?
This is a draft version of my forthcoming opening remarks of a debate on media anthropology with Mark A. Peterson for the journal Social Anthropology No. 17(3). Please refer to the journal for the final published version.
Update 8 June 2009. Because of contractual obligations, now that the essay has been accepted for publication I’ve had to take it down from this blog. I will post here the link to the final published debate as soon as it’s available. Many thanks to all of you who’ve posted comments and my apologies for having to withdraw this piece.
In a nutshell, in this debate I argue that the subfield of media anthropology needs to add historical depth to its geographical breadth.
Update 31 July 2009. The published debate is now available HERE. Do let me know if you cannot access it as I have a limited number of offprints to share.