Convergence and Fragmentation: Media Technology and the by Peter Ludes

By Peter Ludes

The ecu media panorama is altering so speedy that critics and students can slightly hold speed with new advancements. at the cusp of the most recent media concepts, Convergence and Fragmentation brings jointly experts from the arts and social sciences in fifteen international locations to research the technological, fiscal, and political traits sweeping Europe. the varied staff of members additionally assesses the effectiveness of types used to provide an explanation for the altering media atmosphere during this authoritative collection.  

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Broadband Internet access is available in 17% of all households. Of the main activities through the Internet, 47% look for information in relation to their work, 46% use e-mail, 29% surf on the Net for fun, 22% are engaged in chat, 14% discuss topics on diverse fora and only 7% use e-commerce. Access to fixed telephones was not easy in the Kádár period, people had to wait for years before a telephone was installed in their homes. 30 On the contrary, access and use of mobile phones has increased extremely quickly in Hungary, (as was the case of the first Commodore computers or video players in the 1980s).

Certain scholars regard the increasing participation in online communities as a false escape into non-existent communities, where only anonymous, faceless and nicknamed individuals take part in fake interactions. They do not believe this kind of participation can lead to the development of community identity or public consciousness. qxd 11/1/08 8:24 am Page 35 GLOBAL AND EUROPEAN INFORMATION SOCIETY | goods or if it will end in cultural and communicational segregation. Do the new means of communications augment the critical potential of the public sphere enhancing more concern in public decision making or do they only facilitate more leisure and entertainment, making the public even more fragmented, scattered and isolated?

As it becomes clear from the above statistics, strong economic differences explain part of the different stages of Information Society among the 25 EU member states. But differences can also be attributed to more soft sociological, historical and cultural factors. Several surveys have shown that there are differences of attitude, of expectation and of trust in institutions and in social development between different European societies, as well as strong differences in self-image, identity formation and belief in the future.

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