Hartley, J. (2004). “The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tone and Time”

In the first part of the reading, Hartley stated that time and news are bound up in each other. Also, he raised the idea of public writing in different frequency through the speed of creation, frequency of circulation and the consumption duration.

Three type of frequency are mentioned in the reading. Obviously, news is assigned into the high frequency category. With the recent media technology, the frequency for journalism needs to be even higher as the demand for the latest news from the general public keep getting higher. This type of public writing usually broadcasted through TV, radio, internet in order to allow for update regularly. Hartley mentioned with previews, leaks, spin doctoring,’ news before the event’ can actually be released. In my opinion, news is used for clarifying the fact. No matter what, the news reported in whatever media, TV news, radio, newspaper, even internet should be accurate and well researched. I believed that accuracy is way more important than how fast can we gain the information. However, since individuals nowadays are able to participate in the internet media, like Wikipedia, the precision of the information would be questioned as anyone is able to edit and release information online. With the misleading information on internet media, especially in political perspective, huge society instability may be formed.

In contrast, information from medium frequency and low frequency media would be more accurate as more time is spent on researching. Medium frequency media include academic writing, books, movies, etc. It is generally more accepted by the scholars. For the low frequency media, I never think of ruins, building can be form of public writing. In my perception, public writing is just literally just about ‘text’, but in Hartley’s perspective, famous buildings are included in a form of public writing as they are ‘beyond their functional organization of space’. Famous and ancient buildings do show some serious message on the local culture, empire, etc.

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