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John B. Thompson - The Media and Modernity

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John B. Thompson - The Media and Modernity
Main focus of research
role of media in transformation of space and time in social life
creation of new forms of action and interaction beyond temporal and spatial frameworks
transformation of visibility
the media and tradition
important works:
Ideology and Mass Culture
Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age
The Media and Modernity
published in 1995, Cambridge
breaks down term “mass communication”
questions whether it is applicable to today's media environment
goes beyond its ideological aspect of a general "connectivity" in terms of culture, arts and media
offers new perspective on mass communication (five key characteristics)
mass communication created unequal relations with the audience in terms of reception of symbolic forms
media is produced in a different place and time → availability is extended and each aspect of our society is more and more distinct
The Author
John Brookshire Thompson (1951)
degree in philosophy, sociology and social anthropology at Keele University
PhD at Cambridge University
sociology professor at Cambridge University
fellow at The College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and the glorious Saint Radegund aka Jesus College
has held Visiting Professorships at universities in the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, China and South Africa
The book's influence
"Thompson's book deserves to become a definitive text and should have a lasting impact in the sociology of media and culture." -
The Australian
"It will undoubtedly become one of the very few definitive texts in the rapidly growing field of media and cultural studies, providing a crucial link to critical theory and to social theory as a whole." -
Professor William Outhwaite, University of Sussex
"With the publication of his book Thompson should move the sociology of mass communication onto a new level of sophistication ... an important publication." -
Thompson's influence
one of the few social theorists to focus on the influence of the media in the formation of modern societies
his work stands out for its recognition of the importance of the nature and development of mass communication
"Thompson is foremost among sociologists in grasping and assessing the importance of the mass media in modern social life" - James Lull, San Jose State University
context by Marcelina Szuba and Benjamin Munix
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