Cross-Media Terms

I’ve created a page on my new wiki with a description of some of the most used terms people use when referring to cross-media. I’ve tried to explain how they relate and when they don’t. It is not a comprehensive list of all the terms and their meanings. It is also not my personal list of terms I use in cross-media design. But I think it helps demystify some contradictory uses of the big ones, like “convergence” [deep echoing voice].

Let me know of any terms and usages you know and where I explained things incorrectly!

8 thoughts on “Cross-Media Terms

  1. Intermedia?
    There’s a School of Intermedia and Performance Arts in Doncaster, England. How would you define intermedia?

  2. Ah yes, “intermedia”. Good question. For the sake of clarity, and to make the listing accessible to non-academics, I didn’t include all the terms that are relevant to cross-media (intermedia, multimed, medium, remediation, transfictionality and so on). But “intermedia” is a good, like so many of them, because it has been adopted and applied in ways that the original term did not denote. Dick Higgins introduced the term (yes, after Coleridge) to describe artworks that were created from scratch to be many types of art. So, for instance, peotry that can be read and experienced visually. The term has been applied to multimedia, to the Internet and so on. How do you see “intermedia”?

  3. Christy; I’ve put the url of the wiki on the crossmedialog. ( And I’ve ask
    the vistors if they have any suggestions or definitions that they need to contact you.

  4. I have defined crossmedia as a ‘movement’ in channels (millimeters – paper, megabytes – on-line, interactive and minutes – broad- and narrowcasting) and processes (concept/creation, realisation/production and distribution). That generates a grid of nine ‘micro-movements’, which should result in media-convergency/divergency models, depending on each starting situation.


  5. Peter, sounds very interesting. Do you have a paper or webpage in English I can reference and find out more about your grid?

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