Mediatization is emerging as an influential new concept that places the media at the centre of all kinds of important cultural, political and social developments. However, it has so far attracted little critical evaluation. In this article the authors identify three areas of concern, namely, how causal processes are thought about, how historical change is understood, and how concepts are designed. It is hoped this article will generate critical debate and reflection to prevent the term from being applied so inconsistently and indiscriminately that it becomes a ‘concept of no difference’.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
Published inMedia, Culture and Society
Pages1032 - 1044
CitationDEACON, D. and STANYER, J., 2014. Mediatization: key concept or conceptual bandwagon? Media, Culture and Society, 36 (7), pp. 1032 - 1044.
PublisherSage Publications / © The Author(s)
VersionAM (Accepted Manuscript)
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NotesThis article was published in the journal, Media, Culture and Society [Sage Publications / © The Author(s)]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443714542218