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Future of the Mass Audience

W Russell Neuman

Future of the Mass Audience

W Russell Neuman

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The Future of the Mass Audience focuses on how the changing technology and economics of the mass media in post-industrial society will influence public communication. It summarises the results of a five-year study conducted in cooperation with the senior corporate planners at ABC, CBS, NBC, Time Warner, The New York Times and the Washington Post. The central question is whether the new electronic media and the use of personal computers in the communication process will lead to a fragmentation of the mass audience. Some analysts have suggested that with the growth of increasingly specialised cable television channels and electronic publishing, people will filter and pre-select news concerning only their own special interests and, as a result, cultural and political life will become increasingly polarised. This study demonstrates, however, that the movement towards fragmentation will be modest. It concludes that the production and promotion costs and economies of scale for electronic media put natural constraints on special interest, small audience programming.;The conclusion sets forth a policy agenda for making the most of the participatory and democratic potential of evolving electronic communications systems.

- Publisher "The most coherent and intelligent guide available about postindustrial society. He aligns the reader to the new emerging range of questions--cultural, technological, economic, social--which constitute the aftermath of mass society." Anthony Smith, Magdalen College, Oxford

- Publisher The Future of the Mass Audience focuses on how the changing technology and economics of the mass media in postindustrial society will influence public communication. It summarizes the results of a five-year study conducted in cooperation with the senior corporate planners at ABC, CBS, NBC, Time Warner, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. The central question is whether the new electronic media and the use of personal computers in the communication process will lead to a fragmentation or "demassification" of the mass audience. This study demonstrates, contrary to the opinion of some analysts, that the movement toward fragmentation and specialization will be modest and that the national media and common political culture will remain robust. W. Russell Neuman, directs the Communications Research Group of MIT's Media Laboratory. He has published widely and among his recent books are The Paradox of Mass Politics (1986) and the The Telecommunications Revolution (1991). Prior to teaching at MIT he held posts at Yale University and University of California, Berkeley.

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The Future of the Mass Audience focuses on how the changing technology and economics of the mass media in post-industrial society will influence public communication. It summarises the results of a five-year study conducted in cooperation with the senior corporate planners at ABC, CBS, NBC, Time Warner, The New York Times and the Washington Post. The central question is whether the new electronic media and the use of personal computers in the communication process will lead to a fragmentation of the mass audience. Some analysts have suggested that with the growth of increasingly specialised cable television channels and electronic publishing, people will filter and pre-select news concerning only their own special interests and, as a result, cultural and political life will become increasingly polarised. This study demonstrates, however, that the movement towards fragmentation will be modest. It concludes that the production and promotion costs and economies of scale for electronic media put natural constraints on special interest, small audience programming.;The conclusion sets forth a policy agenda for making the most of the participatory and democratic potential of evolving electronic communications systems.
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"The most coherent and intelligent guide available about postindustrial society. He aligns the reader to the new emerging range of questions--cultural, technological, economic, social--which constitute the aftermath of mass society." Anthony Smith, Magdalen College, Oxford
- Publisher

The Future of the Mass Audience focuses on how the changing technology and economics of the mass media in postindustrial society will influence public communication. It summarizes the results of a five-year study conducted in cooperation with the senior corporate planners at ABC, CBS, NBC, Time Warner, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. The central question is whether the new electronic media and the use of personal computers in the communication process will lead to a fragmentation or "demassification" of the mass audience. This study demonstrates, contrary to the opinion of some analysts, that the movement toward fragmentation and specialization will be modest and that the national media and common political culture will remain robust. W. Russell Neuman, directs the Communications Research Group of MIT's Media Laboratory. He has published widely and among his recent books are The Paradox of Mass Politics (1986) and the The Telecommunications Revolution (1991). Prior to teaching at MIT he held posts at Yale University and University of California, Berkeley.
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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Communications Revolution
  • 2. The Logic Of Electronic Integration
  • 3. The Psychology
  • 4. The Fragmentation Of The Mass Audience
  • 5. The Political Economy Of The Mass Media
  • 6. The Future Of The Mass Audience
  • Bibliography.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 141446
  • Product Code 0521424046
  • EAN 9780521424042
  • Pages 220
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Media/culture
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Nov 1991
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.272kg

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