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Media Studies for a Mediatized World: Rethinking Media and Social Space

André Jansson and Johan Lindell
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André Jansson: Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden
Johan Lindell: Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden

Media and Communication, 2018, vol. 6, issue 2, 1-4

Abstract: This editorial introduces a thematic issue on “Rethinking Media and Social Space”. By critically rethinking the relationship between media and social space this issue takes initial steps towards ensuring that media studies is appropriate for a mediatized world. Contemporary societies are permeated by media that play important roles in how people maneuver and position themselves in the social world. Yet, analyses of media-related social change too often fail to engage with the complex and situated nature of power relations. This editorial highlights three enduring problems: (1) the annihilation of the socially structured and structuring role of media technologies and practices; (2) the conflation of inherent social capacities of media technologies and discourses with existing mediations of power, and (3) the reduction of social space to one predominant dimension which overshadows all other forms of social power that media technologies, discourses, and practices are part of. As a response to these problems—and in bringing together the arguments of the five articles included in the thematic issue—this editorial calls for sociologized approaches to media technologies, discourses, and practices.

Keywords: mediatization; media; discourse; media; practice; media; sociology; media; technology; power; social; space (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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