For at least 150 years, media have played a role in structuring the transition from day to night. Since the rise of popular newspapers in the 19th century, the rhythms of media delivery have altered our sense of morning and evening, of commuting to work and relaxing at home. Later, broadcast media, like radio and television, differentiated clearly between day and night.
The night was either a time of experimentation and moral transgression (as with free-form nighttime radio and the greater permissiveness of late-night television) or of nostalgia (late-night big band radio programs and classic movie features). Even in our current era, which we imagine as one of unchanging 24-hour media consumption, night and day come to be differentiated. In much of the world, internet access is a day-time phenomenon, which ends when public institutions like libraries close their doors.
May we still speak, in 2017, of night media?
Event DetailsMarch 8, 2017
The Knuckle (EA 3001)
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Will Straw is Professor of Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. From 2011 to 2016, he was Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada since June 1, 2011. Dr. Straw was awarded the David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching from McGill University in 2006.
Dr. Straw has been Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts (Belgrade), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City), the University of Aarhus (Denmark), the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) and the Central European University (Budapest).
Will Straw's interests include urban culture and the history of print culture, popular music studies and cinema.