Changing Concepts for a Changing World

Colin SPARKS*

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Abstract

This article argues that some of the core concepts that are used in the study of media and communication are obsolete. This obsolescence is the product of three major factors: the continued dominance of the field by the Global North; the impact of digital technologies upon the existing media; and the continued view that everywhere in the world is evolving towards capitalist democracy. In each of these cases, experiences specific to particular times and places have been universalized and used to guide research in radically different conditions. Revisiting these inadequate universalizations and generating more inclusive substitutes is an urgent intellectual task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-398
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

User-Defined Keywords

  • De-Westernizing
  • Democratic Rights
  • Market
  • New Media
  • Politics
  • Professionalism
  • State

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