Heritage in the Digital Era
Cinematic Tourism and the Activist Cause
By Rodanthi Tzanelli
To Be Published 28th February 2013 by Routledge – 248 pages
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology
ROUTLEDGE PAGE: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415643801/
What happens to traditional conceptions of heritage in the era of fluid media spaces? ‘Heritage’ usually involves intergenerational transmission of ideas, customs, ancestral lands, and artefacts, and so serves to reproduce national communities over time. However, media industries have the power to transform national lands and histories into generic landscapes and ideas through digital reproductions or modifications, prompting renegotiations of belonging in new ways. Contemporary media allow digital environments to function as transnational classrooms, creating virtual spaces of debate for people with access to televised, cinematic and Internet ideas and networks.
This book examines a range of popular cinematic interventions that are reshaping national and global heritage, across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australasia. It examines collaborative or adversarial articulations of such enterprise (by artists, directors, producers but also local, national and transnational communities) that blend activism with commodification, presenting new cultural industries as fluid but significant agents in the production of new public spheres.
Detailed chapter abstracts at: https://sites.google.com/site/rodanthisartsite/heritage-in-the-digi...