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Media Technology and the Information Society
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Published January 2008
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Convergence under pressure leads to fragmentation. Therefore, the role of the newest information and communication technologies and formats in a changing Europe must be analysed not only in terms of optimistic market projections but also in terms of realistic trends toward complementary fragmentations.

The exclusion of majorities of the populations of most European countries from technologically advanced and expensive consumer devices means that we should take into account the shifting conflicts of inclusion and exclusion. Continuity and discontinuity in the development of media technology requires us to leave behind a number of traditional notions, methods and data used for national developments and international comparisons.

The contradictory tendencies of convergence (implying a similarity and increasing unity of experience) and fragmentation (implying a growing differentiation of experience) are tied to general aspects of this development and to the question of whether we are really moving into a new European information society.

Chapter titles
Introduction: 'Unity in Diversity' - Page 9
Peter Ludes
'Culture and Technology' - Page 25
Peter Ludes
'Global and European Information Society' - Page 29
Maria Heller
'ePolicies in Europe: A Human-Centric and Culturally Biased Approach' - Page 47
Ursula Maier-Rabler
'Techno-pleasure' - Page 67
Peter Ludes
'The Cultural Value of Games: Computer Games and Cultural Policy in Europe' - Page 71
Rune Klevjer
'Learning and Entertainment in Museums: A Case Study' - Page 91
Ed Tan, Cristina Chisalita, Bas Raijmakers and Katri Oinonen
'ICT and Learning' - Page 111
Peter Ludes
'For a Communications Approach to the Use of ICT in Education' - Page 117
Bernard Miège
'E-learning – A Knowledge Theoretical Approach' - Page 131
Lars Qvortrup
'‘Virtual’ and ‘Flexible’ University Learning' - Page 151
Knut Lundby & Päivi Hovi-Wasastjerna
'Power, Technology and Policies - Page 175
Peter Ludes
'Media Governance: Valuable Instrument of Risk Discourse for Media Ownership Concentration' - Page 179
Werner A. Meier
'Telecom Liberalization: Distributive Challenges and National Differences' - Page 197
Tanja Storsul
'Public Service Television’s Mission in France: An Analysis of Media-Policy Instruments – Including the Use of the Internet as a New Distribution Channel' - Page 217
Marcel Machill
Reviews
'Convergence’ and ‘fragmentation’ are the two key forces driving the dynamics of the traditional and new media around the world. This book provides a scholarly yet eminently readable analysis of how these apparently contradictory forces are challenging public policy, citizenship, cultural identities and globalisation.' – Keval J. Kumar, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, International School of Business and Media, Pune, India

'The concepts and models offered in this excellently edited volume open up a transdisciplinary debate on the multi-causal processes of decay and emergence of European Unity in Diversity in the context of globalizing Europe.' – Stefan Kramer, Media Studies, University of Constance, Germany

'Convergence and Fragmentation greatly enhances our understanding of the wide range of emerging media governances in Europe from the perspective of cultural diversity and public responsibility.' – Dr.LUO Qing, Communication University of China, Executive organizer of Asia Communication & Media Forum, Visiting scholar at Lugano University and Florence University

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