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Searching for Mediapolis: Mediated Cosmopolitanism in Three Media Systems Between 2002-2010
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6689-0710
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study addressed the question regarding the extent to which cosmopolitan outlooks are cultivated in news consumption, and how this relationship change over space (three different media systems) and time (2002-2010). In searching for a media culture that fosters cosmopolitan sensibilities among citizens - the “mediapolis” (Silverstone, 2007) - this study used ESS-data covering fourteen European countries and over 70,000 respondents. Findings make important contributions to contemporary theoretical debates on the conditions under which cosmopolitan outlooks are cultivated as results showed that no “mediated cosmopolitanism” (Rantanen, 2005; Robertson, 2010) existed on the level of mass mediation across various media systems. This suggests that the “mediapolis” is more a normative category than an empirical one, and that theorizing around the relationship between media and cosmopolitanism is in need of recalibration.

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Seattle, 2014.
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-32168OAI: diva2:719688
ICA Seattle 22-26 May
Available from: 2014-05-26 Created: 2014-05-26 Last updated: 2015-12-02Bibliographically approved

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