- Subject index
“Anderson, Baxter, and Cissna provide readers with a valuable primer on the concept of dialogue as it relates to specific issues of communication…. The list of contributors reads like a Who's Who in the field of dialogue and communication…. Highly recommended.”
Dialogue: Theorizing Difference in Communication Studies is the first anthology of work on dialogic approaches to communication that offers a state-of-the-art collection of original essays in this emerging research area. Editors Rob Anderson, Leslie A. Baxter, and Kenneth N. Cissna have gathered the most respected scholars in the field to describe their research projects, discuss critical elements of dialogue, and anticipate the evolution of the study of dialogue. With a foreword by Julia T. Wood, contributors include James R. Taylor, Stanley Deetz and Jennifer Simpson, ...
Chapter 15: Media Studies and the Dialogue of Democracy
Media Studies and the Dialogue of Democracy
Though dialogic approaches have widely influenced the study of communication, they have left a fainter mark on studies of the mass media. I propose to investigate the reasons for this neglect. The indifference, truth be told, has flowed in both directions. For much of the 20th century, media scholars focused on matters of institutional structure, regulation, policy, economics, law, ideology, and effect. These traditions of research implicitly positioned dialogue as an epiphenomenon, a soft social process less constraining, explanatory, or decisive than the hard architecture of political economy, social structure, and cognitive disposition. Dialogue studies, for their part, have often treated the mass media as an iconic Other, the very embodiment ...