- Subject index
What happens to politics in the postmodern condition? The Politics of Postmodernity is a political tour de force that addresses this key contemporary question. Politics in postmodernity is carefully contextualized by relating its specific sphere - the polity - to those of the economic, social, technological and cultural. The authors confront globalization and the notion of postmodernity as disorganized capitalism. They analyze the role of the mass media, the changing ways in which politics is used, the role of the state and the progressive potential of politics in postmodern times. Closing with a postscript on the future of the discipline of political science, this book offers a profound yet highly accessible account
Chapter 3: Mass Media, Postmodernity and Everyday Life
Mass Media, Postmodernity and Everyday Life
We live today in a mass media-saturated environment. The mass media are all around us, from morning till night. We wake up to a clock radio, we read the morning newspaper while eating breakfast, we listen to the radio at work, and we watch television when we come home in the evenings. What has all this meant for our everyday lives? According to some postmodern commentators, the changes have been profound. The lines between reality and illusion have become blurred, it is argued. We live in hyper-reality; in a world where images seem more real than reality itself.
We will treat this question seriously, but we will argue that the changes have not been that ...