We are witnessing a dynamic reshaping of the European 'mediascape'. This has been underway for more than a decade since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the growing impact of globalisation, and the birth of new technologies and new media, or the convergence between old and new media. A new and more intense 'mediatisation' of society and everyday life is emerging.
This is happening alongside the rapid reconstruction of the cultural and economic landscape of Europe itself. In this transformation the communicative and ideological dimensions, the digitalisation of technology, and changes in culture - 'the imaginary', the discursive universe of politics and communication, are all crucial areas for research.
The cultural industries, (film, television, books, magazines, entertainment and music), but also the world of news, actuality, 'infotainment' and the internet, are key areas for the study of what we may begin to understand as a changing European culture in all its complexity and with all its differences and conflicts. The media and the cultural industries are among the fastest growing sectors in the global economy.
This book presents new research and thinking, with particular focus on and in depth analysis of a number of cases and dimensions in European media culture and its broader social, political and economic context. It is the first in the Changing Media-Changing Europe Series of books, produced from the work of the European Science Foundation Programme of that name. The Series editors, and co-editors of this volume, are the co-chairs of the Programme.
Prof. Ib Bondebjerg is Professor at the Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, and currently director of The Center for Media and Democracy in the Network Society.
Prof. Peter Golding is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK, and is co-director of the University's Communications Research Centre.
Introduction - Page 17
Supplementation: On Communicator Control of the... - Page 19
From Bricks to Bytes: The Mediatization of a... - Page 43
To Boldly Bestride the World Like a Colossus - Page 65
Disney Discourses, or Mundane Globalization - Page 91
Media Audiences and the Game of Controvery. - Page 117
Cultural Citizenship in the Age of P2P Networks - Page 127
Negotiating European Identity at the Periphery - Page 127
Mapping European Identities - Page 127
Eurovisions? Monetary Union and Communication... - Page 127
Public Service Strategy in Digital Television - Page 127
With the Media, Without the Media - Page 127
A Square Peg in a Round Hole - Page 127