Making media work in space: an interdisciplinary perspective on media and communication requirements for current and future space communities

Babidge, S., Cokley, J., Gordon, F., and Louw, E. (2005) Making media work in space: an interdisciplinary perspective on media and communication requirements for current and future space communities. International Journal of Astrobiology, 4 (3-4). pp. 259-268.

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Abstract

As humans expand into space communities will form. These have already begun to form in small ways, such as long-duration missions on the International Space Station and the space shuttle, and small-scale tourist excursions into space. Social, behavioural and communications data emerging from such existing communities in space suggest that the physically-bounded, work-oriented and traditionally male-dominated nature of these extremely remote groups present specific problems for the resident astronauts, groups of them viewed as ‘communities’, and their associated groups who remain on Earth, including mission controllers, management and astronauts’ families. Notionally feminine group attributes such as adaptive competence, social adaptation skills and social sensitivity will be crucial to the viability of space communities and in the absence of gender equity, ‘staying in touch’ by means of ‘news from home’ becomes more important than ever. A template of news and media forms and technologies is suggested to service those needs and enhance the social viability of future terraforming activities.

Item ID: 4521
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: anthropology; communications; communities; media; psychology; space
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Babidge, SM, Cokley, J, Quirk, FH, and Louw, E (2005) Making media work in space: an interdisciplinary perspective on media and communication requirements for current and future space communities. International Journal of Astrobiology, 4 (3-Apr). pp. 259-268.

ISSN: 1475-3006
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 00:56
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8904 Media Services > 890499 Media Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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