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The Rise and Fall of Mass Communication


William L. Benoit and Andrew C. Billings

Mass communication theories were largely built when we had mass media audiences. The number of television, print, film or other forms of media audiences were largely finite, concentrating people on many of the same core content offerings, whether that be the nightly news or a popular television show. What happens when those audiences splinter? The Rise and Fall of Mass Communication surveys the aftermath of exactly that, noting that very few modern media products have audiences above 1–2% of the population at any one time. Advancing a new media balkanization theory, Benoit and Billings neither lament nor embrace the new media landscape, opting instead to pinpoint how we must consider mass communication theories and applications in an era of ubiquitous choice.
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Note: References to tables, figures, and boxes are indicated by an italic t, f, or b following the page number

ABC 23, 23b, 24, 25, 32, 33t, 34, 41

Abramowitz, A. I. 38

Academy Awards 137

AC/DC 93t, 95t

actual virality. See also fake news; fake virality

deepfakes in 112

fake news in 110–11

fake photos in 112

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