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What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Communication

Media XXI

Following the experts meeting of the same name, this book analyzes the importance of the media in modern society. The changing nature of communication is especially important because media and communication platforms are increasingly the primary location in which contemporary identity, culture, and values and norms are manifest and contested.

Media and communications are changing rapidly and their transformation is having a momentous impact on the abilities of individuals to communicate and how society communicates within itself. Such changes are important because media convey ideas, opinions, information, social values, experiences, and entertainment and those are influenced by social, economic, and political forces in society. The changing nature of communication is especially important because media and communication platforms are increasingly the primary location in which contemporary identity, culture, and values and norms are manifest and contested.

The book was motivated by the STI experts meeting, “What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Communication”, held at Balliol College, Oxford, in October, 2013, under the academic leadership of Robert Picard, who serves as editor. The meeting brought together interdisciplinary scholars and intellectuals to consider the issues based on the participants’ perspectives from research their fields and observations of contemporary developments. It is by nature normative, informed by the research and knowledge derived from the authors’ fields. They hope that it will spark deeper thinking and discussion of the roles of media in modern society and how society might work to ensure those needs are met.

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Essays

1. Robert G. Picard - Reuters Institute. Clarity: Direction in an ambiguous world.

2. Wolfgang Donsbach - Dresden University of Technology. Orientation: Why the new media environment needs old roles

3. Esteban López-Escobar and Francisco J. Pérez-Latre - University of Navarra. Belonging: What should and can be done about fragmented community

4. Thomas Moring - University of Helsinki. Identity: Minority language and community in the age of digital communication

5. Aimée Vega Montiel - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Participation: Women's human right to communicate in the digital age

6. Renee Hobbs - University of Rhode Island. Literacy: Understanding media and how they work

7. Chandrika Kaul - University of St. Andrews. Need Fulfilment: Society and community in the age of digital communication

8. Douglas Kellner - UCLA. Reflection: The media, democracy, and spectable

9. Jolyon Mitchell - University of Edinburgh. Conflit Transformation: Bearing witness through the photographer's lens

10. Katrin Voltmer - University of Leeds. Expression: Press freedom and the limitations of the marketplace of ideas

11. Lucy Küng - Reuters Institute. Leadership: You can’t dance at every wedding. Leadership overload in the media industry

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