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Convergence and Fragmentation

Media Technology and the Information Society

The European media landscape is changing so quickly that critics and scholars can barely keep pace with new developments. On the cusp of the latest media innovations, Convergence and Fragmentation brings together specialists from the humanities and social sciences in fifteen countries to analyze the technological, economic, and political trends sweeping Europe. The diverse group of contributors also assesses the effectiveness of models used to explain the changing media environment in this authoritative collection.

272 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2008

Changing Media, Changing Europe

Media Studies

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“‘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 globalization in the context of a rapidly changing European media scenario.”

Keval J. Kumar, Intenational School of Business and Media, India

“How to explain the interdependence of the technological innovations, market developments, economic, political, and cultural networks connecting the diverse information societies in Europe? The concepts and models offered in this excellently edited volume open up a transdisciplinary debate on the multi-cultural processes of decay and emergence of European unity in diversity in the context of globalizing Europe.”

Stefan Kramer, 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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Unity in Diversity
Peter Ludes
Section 1
Culture and Technology
Global and European Information Society
Maria Heller
ePolicies in Europe: A Human-Centric and Culturally Biased Approach
Ursula Maier-Rabler
Section 2
The Cultural Value of Games: Computer Games and Cultural Policy in Europe
Rune Klevjer
Learning and Entertainment in Museums: A Case Study
Ed Tan, Cristina Chisalita, Bas Raijmakers and Katri Oinonen
Section 3
ICT and Learning
For a Communications Approach to the Use of ICT in Education
Bernard Miege
E-learning-A Knowledge Theoretical Approach
Lars Qvortrup
’Virtual’ and ’Flexible’ University Learning
Knut Lundby and Paivi Hovi-Wasastjerna
Section 4
Power, Technology and Policies
Media Governance: Valuable Instrument of Risk Discourse for Media Ownership Concentration
Werner A. Meier
Telecom Liberalization: Distributive Challenges and National Differences
Tanja Storsul
Public Service Television’s Mission in France: An Analysis of Media-Policy Instuments - Including the Use of the Internet as a New Distribution Channel
Marcel Machill
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