In light of the crisis surrounding traditional media and the radical changes resulting from the advent of the Internet and the social media, various media outlets have argued, or more subtly, hinted at the demise of the printed news, or the end of traditional media. This backdrop forms the genesis for this thought-provoking and provocative volume for imagining life without media. While there is some skepticism toward the radical hypothesis of the death of the media, there is mounting concern, at the same time, regarding the changing media space(s) and the relevance of the media's roles and places in different and diverse social spheres. Unanimously, contributors report that while these roles and places have changed, the difficulty lies in where and how to delineate them. The chapters provide some answers to the hypothesis of life without media, and in many instances raise new questions and doubts.
Klaus Zilles is an associate professor at the Blanquerna School of Communication Studies and International Relations at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain. He holds a PhD in English and German Philology from the University of Heidelberg. He has authored Rolando Hinojosa: A Reader's Guide (2001) and co-edited, with Fernando Clemot, En la frontera: i migliori racconti della narrativa chicana (2008). Eva Comas is a journalist and has a PhD in Communication Studies from Ramon Llull University. She is the author of La radio en essencia (2009) and her most recent publications (co-authored) are "Un mundo sin periodicos" (A World without Newspapers) (2010) and "Advertising Characteristics and Strategies in Prime Time Sports Broadcasts" (2011). She has worked as a media consultant for the Catalonian government (la Generalitat de Catalunya) and for the president of Ramon Llull University. Joan Cuenca is a strategic consultant and faculty member of the department of Advertising and Public Relations at the Blanquerna School of Communication Studies and International Relations. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from Ramon Llull University, Spain, and his most recent book is Auditorias de Relaciones Publicas (2012). He is a founding member of the research group ESTISMA (Strategy and Issues Management in Public Relations and Corporate Communication).
Contents: Eva Comas/Joan Cuenca/Klaus Zilles: Introduction: Life Without Media - Mark Brewin: The Public Sphere in a Network Age: Rethinking the Relations Between Self, Media, and Political Community - Nick Couldry: Life Without Media: Or, Why Mediacentrism Is Bad for You - Richard Maxwell/Toby Miller: Life Without Democracy, Life Without Citizenship, Life Without Media - David Buckingham: Life Without Markets? Childhood and Consumer Culture - Jordi Busquet/Ana Cinthya Uribe: The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Digital Divide Among Adults and Teenagers: Initial Theoretical Considerations Around a Supposed Generational Conflict - Michel Walrave/Wannes Heirman/Ellen Van Gool: Connecting and Protecting? Adolescents, Social Network Sites, and Privacy - James Moir: Hyperreal Higher Education - Mediated Life and Death in Arts and Entertainment - Martin Luthe: "Infinite Deaths": The Death of and by the Media in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest - Jenine Abboushi: The Big Screen in the Transnational Novel - Maria Lamuedra Gravan: Life Without a "Liberal Representative" Journalism: Towards a Professional Deontology with a Deliberative Turn - Kathy Matilla/Guillem Marca: Issues Management as a Mediated Activity in a Changing Media Sphere.