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Communism, Capitalism and the Mass Media

Communism, Capitalism and the Mass Media

December 1997 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 main ways of discussing the mass media are. He concludes with a provocative discussion of the ways in which we need to modify our thinking in the light of these developments.

A Crisis of the Critical Project

Totalitarianism and the Media
Media Theory and the Decline of the Communist System
Negotiated Revolutions
The Fate of Civil Society
The Struggle over Broadcasting Law
The Emerging Media Systems
Understanding the Transition


`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

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