Media, practice and social change (part 2)
See part 1 of this blogstorming exercise here
9. Social practices don’t just happen – they need regular maintenance, that is, regular performance, in order to survive.
10. After all, practices exist within a vast and everchanging ecology of practices; in some cases they will be found blindly ‘competing’ against other practices for human attention and labour; in others they will sustain themselves and prosper through symbiotic relationships with one another.
11. It may be best not to make too sharp a distinction between media- and non-media practices and instead regard most practices as being to greater or lesser extent mediated.
12. During the period under consideration (1980s-2000s) we have witnessed a greater mediatization of social practices around the globe.
13. Sometimes an existing practice (e.g. getting married) will be influenced by fashions and fads originating in films, TV or the Web – e.g. anecdotal evidence suggests that the film Four Weddings and a Funeral may have had an effect on weddings in different parts of the world (see also Liz Bird’s recent work on this).