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Communism, Capitalism and the Mass Media
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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.

 
Preface
 
Introduction
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
 
Conclusions
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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