Convergence and Fragmentation: Media Technology and the Information Society

Peter Ludes
Intellect Books, 2008 - 256 pages
Convergence under pressure leads to fragmentation. Therefore, the role of the newest information and communication technologies and formats in a changing Europe must be analysed not only in terms of optimistic market projections but also in terms of realistic trends toward complementary fragmentations. The exclusion of majorities of the populations of most European countries from technologically advanced and expensive consumer devices means that we should take into account the shifting conflicts of inclusion and exclusion. Continuity and discontinuity in the development of media technology requires us to leave behind a number of traditional notions, methods and data used for national developments and international comparisons. The contradictory tendencies of convergence (implying a similarity and increasing unity of experience) and fragmentation (implying a growing differentiation of experience) are tied to general aspects of this development and to the question of whether we are really moving into a new European information society.

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Unity in Diversity
Culture and Technology
ICT and Learning
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Page 7 - FOREWORD This volume is the product of a major programme under the title Changing Media Changing Europe supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF). The ESF is the European association of national organizations responsible for the support of scientific research. Established in 1974, the Foundation currently has seventy-six Member Organizations (research councils, academies and other national scientific institutions) from twenty-nine countries.

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Peter Ludes is professor of mass communication at the International University Bremen, Germany. He is the author of Introduction to Media Studies.

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