The development of digital media presents a unique opportunity to reconsider what communication is, and what individuals, groups, and societies might hope to accomplish through new as well as old media. At a time when digital media still provoke both utopian and dystopian views of their likely consequences, Klaus Bruhn Jensen places these ‘new’ media in a comparative perspective together with ‘old’ mass media and face-to-face communication, restating the two classic questions of media studies: what do media do to people, and what do people do with media?
Media Convergence makes a distinction between three general types of media: the human body enabling communication in the flesh; the technically reproduced means of mass communication; and the digital technologies facilitating interaction one-to-one, one-to-many, as well as many-to-many.
In this compact and smart volume, Klaus Bruhn Jensen has done two essential things: shown us how rich the pragmatist tradition is for understanding communication and torn down the Berlin wall between interpersonal and mass communication. Media Convergence provides us with a trusty Virgil for navigating the digital jungle! - John D. Peters, The University of Iowa, USA
List of illustrations. Preface. Part One – A Critique of Communication 1. Introduction: Communication – The Very Idea 2. Erro, Ergo Sum – Communication and Pragmatism in the History of Ideas 3. Differences that Make a Difference – The Art and Science of Media and Communication Research Part Two – Media of Three Degrees 4. Media Matters – The Material Conditions of Communication 5. Media Meanings – The Discourses, Genres, and Modalities of Communication 6. Media Institutions – Between Agency and Structure Part Three – The Double Hermeneutics of Media and Communication Research 7. Media of Science – Doing Communication Research 8. The Future of Communication – Pragmatism between Modernism and Postmodernism. References. Index