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Mediating Europe: New Media, Mass Communications, and the European Public Sphere

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Mediating Europe

New Media, Mass Communications, and the European Public Sphere

Edited by Jackie Harrison and Bridgette Wessels

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340 pages, 8 figures, 9 tables, bibliog., index

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The on-going constitutionalization of Europe has led to various changes in media and communications, opening up areas of debate regarding the role of traditional and new media in developing a specific European public sphere as part of the wider European Project. This timely volume addresses the little understood relationship between old and new media, communications policy at the European level, issues of regulation and competition within the EU, the role of the European Parliament in media policymaking, and the questions emerging about the sustainability of traditional public service broadcasting. To understand the concrete significance of these debates two contributions address specific practical areas, i.e. the potential of online environments and specific developments in European media contexts, such as channel strategies, web-related services, iDTV and community networks. Consequently, Mediating Europe provides an original and important contribution to understanding the role of the media in shaping a European public sphere.

Jackie Harrison is Professor of Public Communication at The University of Sheffield. She has written extensively on European media policy and news. Her most recent works are News (Routledge, 2006) and European Broadcasting Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2007). She is also Chair of the Centre for Freedom of the Media at The University of Sheffield.

Bridgette Wessels is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Digital Worlds at The University of Sheffield. She has worked on several European projects that have addressed new media communication, technology and everyday life, inclusion and exclusion and practices of citizenship and has acted as expert for the Royal Society in their research on public perceptions of ICT, and on the DTI and OST programme on Cybertrust and Crime Prevention. She was an evaluator on the EU Fifth Framework IST programme. She has published books and papers in the field of new media technologies.

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Subject: Media Studies
Area: Europe



Chapter 1. Introduction: Mediating Europe and the Public Sphere
Jackie Harrison


Chapter 2. European Cosmopolitanism or Neo-liberalism? Questions of Media and Education
Nick Stevenson

Chapter 3. Transformation of the Public Sphere: Law, Policy and the Boundaries of Publicness
Damian Tambini

Chapter 4. Exploring the Online European Public Sphere: The Web and Europeanization of Political Communication in the European Union
Renée van Os, Nicholas W. Jankowski and Fred Wester

Chapter 5. Entertainmentization of the European Public Sphere and Politics
Erkki Karvonen

Chapter 6. A European Model of the Public Sphere: Towards a Networked Governance Model
Christiano Bee and Valeria Bello

Chapter 7. Exploring the Role of European Information Society Developments in the Europeanization of Public Spheres
Bridgette Wessels


Chapter 8. EU Audio-visual Policy, Cultural Diversity and the Future of Public Service Broadcasting
Peter Humphreys

Chapter 9. EU Information Policies: A Case Study in the Environmental Sector
Max Craglia and Alessandro Annoni

Chapter 10. Defending Communicative Spaces: The Remits and Limits of the European Parliament
Katharine Sarikakis

Chapter 11. Supranational Regulation: The EU Competition Directorate and the European Audio-visual Marketplace
Mark Wheeler

Chapter 12. The Process of Neo-liberalization and the Transformation of the Turkish Media Sector in the Context of the New Media Architecture
Gülseren Adakli

Notes on Contributors

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