Format Matters: Standards, Practices, and Politics in Media Cultures

Marek Jancovic (Editor), Axel Volmar (Editor), Alexandra Schneider (Editor)

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From TIFF files to TED talks, from book sizes to blues stations—the term “format” circulates in a staggering array of contexts and applies to entirely dissimilar objects and practices. How can such a pliable notion meaningfully function as an instrument of classification in so many industries and scientific communities
Comprising a wide range of case studies on the standards, practices, and politics of formats from scholars of photography, film, radio, television, and the Internet, Format Matters charts the many ways in which formats shape and are shaped by past and present media cultures. This volume represents the first sustained collaborative effort to advance the emerging field of format studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLüneburg
PublisherMeson Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95796-156-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-95796-155-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventFormat Matters: Theories_Histories_Practices - Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Duration: 7 Dec 20179 Dec 2017


  • format studies
  • media culture
  • standardization
  • film formats
  • television formats
  • media history


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