The Reality of the Mass Media

The Reality of the Mass Media

by Niklas Luhmann
     
 

German sociologist Luhmann applies his theory of social systems to the role of mass media in the constitution of social reality. He argues that the media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication the functions of which are determined by the internal code information/noninformation rather than by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity… See more details below

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German sociologist Luhmann applies his theory of social systems to the role of mass media in the constitution of social reality. He argues that the media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication the functions of which are determined by the internal code information/noninformation rather than by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity, or knowledge nor by specific social interests or political directives. The text is enlarged somewhat from a July 1994 lecture, and translated from the second edition of Die Realität der Massenmedien, published by Westdeustcher Verlag in 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745621319
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/31/2000
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.71(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents Foreword....................vi
1 Differentiation as a Doubling of Reality....................1
2 Self-reference and Other-reference....................10
3 Coding....................15
4 System-specific Universalism....................23
5 News and In-depth Reporting....................25
6 Ricúpero....................42
7 Advertising....................44
8 Entertainment....................51
9 Unity and Structural Couplings....................63
10 Individuals....................71
11 The Construction of Reality....................76
12 The Reality of Construction....................88
13 The Function of the Mass Media....................95
14 The Public....................103
15 Schema Formation....................107
16 Second-order Cybernetics as Paradox....................117
Notes....................123
Index....................151

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