The European media landscape is changing profoundly. In this wide-ranging and timely text, members of the Euromedia Research Group examine the ways in which national and supranational policy is reacting to these changes. The contributors consider: the consequences for broadcasting systems of satellite and cable delivery; the fate of public broadcasting under deregulation; the changes currently affecting print media and newspapers; the impact of media changes for political and social cultural life; and the significance of the Internet, the first true fruit of the telematic revolution in communication.

The Media in the Age of Digital Communication

The Media in the Age of Digital Communication

The media in the age of digital communication
ElsDe Bens and GianpietroMazzoleni

The electronic superhighway and digital communication technology have led to a real media hype: the digital communication age will ultimately lead to the definitive end of the analog Gutenberg era. In this chapter we want to consider a number of critical questions concerning this so-called ‘digital revolution’. It is certainly not the task of a communication researcher to describe, analyse and evaluate in detail the actual digital communication technologies. We assume that the know-how for digital, multimedia, interactive communication technologies is available today. Therefore, the digital communication age is not primarily a technological matter, but mainly a social one. Technological change without social change is impossible. The ...

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