n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Verskille en ooreenkomste tussen die teleruimte en die kuberruimte : die metamorfose van 'n medium

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


In this article the similarities and differences between television's telespace and the internet's cyberspace are investigated. The comparison is based on a point of departure in media theory, namely that a new medium metamorphoses out of a preceding medium. Our knowledge and understanding of a new medium could therefore be enriched by comparing it with a preceding medium. The comparison is done in terms of four questions: What is television/the internet? What is the telespace/cyberspace? How do people deal with television/the internet? What is the impact of television/the internet on society and especially on democracy? These questions can be approached from numerous perspectives. In this article the emphasis is on a broad semiotic approach and thus on how meaning is created by television and the internet. Against the background of the growing convergence between television and the internet the article concludes that numerous similarities can be found.

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