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Communism, Capitalism and the Mass Media : Media, Culture & Society - Colin Sparks

Communism, Capitalism and the Mass Media

Media, Culture & Society


Published: 1st December 1997
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Colin Sparks provides a challenging reassessment of the impact of the collapse of communism on the media systems of Eastern Europe. He analyzes both the changes themselves and their implications for the ways in which we think about the mass media, while also demonstrating that most of the orthodox accounts of the end of communism are seriously flawed. There are much greater continuities between the old system and the new than are captured by the theories that argue that there has been a radical and fundamental change.

Instead of marking the end of critical inquiry or the end of history, as some have suggested, Sparks argues that the collapse of the communist systems demonstrates how very limited and frequently incorrect the

`This study stands apart because of the conclusions drawn by the author from the polictical/constitutional d[ac]eb[ci]acle in the Visegard countries' - The Economic Times

PrefaceIntroduction A Crisis of the Critical ProjectTotalitarianism and the MediaMedia Theory and the Decline of the Communist SystemNegotiated RevolutionsThe Fate of Civil SocietyThe Struggle over Broadcasting LawThe Emerging Media SystemsConclusions Understanding the Transition

ISBN: 9780761950752
ISBN-10: 0761950753
Series: Media, Culture & Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45