New-media-based attention implosion and television publicness in the era of internet-TV convergence
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AbstractThis chapter discusses how television captures and organizes the attention of the mass public in the age of media convergence. It is argued that media proliferation and technological convergence have led to a fragmented audience. Paradoxically, audience fragmentation also provides the condition for the powerful return of collective attention in the case of new-media-based attention implosion. This chapter uses the case of the extraordinary (online) popularity of television drama character Brother Laughing in Hong Kong to illustrate the phenomenon of new-media-based attention implosion and the dynamics behind it. The analysis shows that attention implosion is generated by audience members' time-space shifting practices and key individuals' organizational efforts, both facilitated by the new media. It led to the formation of an interpretive public surrounding the fictional character. Implications of the phenomenon on our understanding of the relationship between television, social life, and collective public attention are discussed. © 2011, IGI Global.
All Author(s) ListLee F.L.F.
All Editor(s) Listed. by Dal Yong Jin.
Detailed descriptioned. by Dal Yong Jin.
Year2010
Month12
Day1
Pages107 - 122
ISBN9781609600372
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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