Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 3, 2013 - Social Science - 322 pages
This wide-ranging and innovative book develops an original theory of the media and their impact on the modern world, from the emergence of printing to the most recent developments in the media industries.

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Communication and Social Context
The Uses of Communication Media
Some Characteristics of Mass Communication
The Reordering of Space and Time
Communication Appropriation and Everyday Life
The Media and the Development of Modern Societies
Communication Commodification and the Advent of Printing
The Rise of Mediated Publicness
The Management of Visibility
Gaffes Scandals and Other Sources
The Globalization of Communication
The Remooring of Tradition
Tradition Destroyed?
Tradition Dislodged
Self and Experience in a Mediated World

The Rise of the Trade in News
A Preliminary Assessment
An Overview
Three Types of Interaction
The Social Organization of Mediated Quasiinteraction
Acting for Distant Others
Responsive Action in Distant
The Transformation of Visibility
The Reinvention of Publicness
Visibility Beyond the Locale
Towards a Renewal of Democratic Politics
Towards an Ethics of Global Responsibility

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John B. Thompson is Reader in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.

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