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Culture, Communication, and Creativity

Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society

Edited By Hubert Knoblauch, Mark D. Jacobs and René Tuma

It is the premise of this volume that the rising importance of creativity in modern culture is related to dramatic changes in communication. In the last decades we have witnessed a revolutionary change in the ways we interact with one another. This transformation of the structure of communication is one of the most decisive aspects of the creativity of culture. The full aim of this volume therefore is to explore the resulting transformation in the relations of culture, creativity, and communication.
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Culture, Communication, and the Media:The Challenges of Mediatization Research

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Culture, Communication, and the Media: The Challenges of Mediatization Research

ANDREAS HEPP

Introduction

There seems to be a general understanding that “culture,” “communication,” and “media” have something to do with each other and that the change of media would also result in a change of the other two: Cultural meaning is produced in communication, and this communication takes place via the media and, as a consequence of all the “new” media which have appeared over recent decades, also our cultures have changed. However, such a general statement opens more questions than it can answer: How do the media exert this influence? Is it appropriate to move the media so much into the foreground? And what, then, does change mean in detail?

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