The Legacy of Mediatization: When the Media Became Cultural Heritage

Part of the Transforming Communications – Studies in Cross-Media Research book series (TCSCMR)


Concurrently with the mediatization of society, there has been a musealization of the media. This is evident in the establishment internationally of several museums dedicated to diverse aspects of mass media. Towards the end of the 20th century, mass media has apparently matured enough as a cultural phenomenon to be considered a form of heritage. Thus, the media now constitutes a legitimate field for museal collection. The establishing of museums dedicated to media and communication is a significant indicator of the impact of media in our late modern societies and the value attached to media and communication as something to be preserved for posterity as cultural heritage. Thus, media museums can be said to be the legacy of mediatization as the final resting places of selected media objects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Cultural HeritageThe Media Museum, Odense City MuseumsOdenseDenmark

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