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The reality of the mass media

Author: Niklas Luhmann
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2000.
Series: Cultural memory in the present.
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"In The Reality of the Mass Media, Luhmann extends his theory of social systems to an examination of the role of mass media in the constitution of social reality." "Luhmann argues that the system of mass media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication, whose functions are not determined by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity, or knowledge, nor by specific social interests or  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niklas Luhmann
ISBN: 0804740763 9780804740760 0804740771 9780804740777
OCLC Number: 44879870
Notes: "First published in German as Die Realität der Massenmedien, Westdeutscher Verlag, 1996 (second, enlarged edition)"--Title page verso.
Description: 154 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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 Ricupero 42 --
7 Advertising 44 --
8 Entertainment 51 --
9 Unity and Structural Couplings 63 --
10 Individuals 71 --
11 Construction of Reality 76 --
12 Reality of Construction 88 --
13 Function of the Mass Media 95 --
14 Public 103 --
15 Schema Formation 107 --
16 Second-order Cybernetics as Paradox 117.
Series Title: Cultural memory in the present.
Other Titles: Realität der Massenmedien.
Responsibility: Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Kathleen Cross.
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"In The Reality of the Mass Media, Luhmann extends his theory of social systems to an examination of the role of mass media in the constitution of social reality." "Luhmann argues that the system of mass media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication, whose functions are not determined by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity, or knowledge, nor by specific social interests or political directives. Rather, he contends that the system of mass media is regulated by the internal code information/noninformation, which enables the system to select its information (news) from its own environment and to communicate this information in accordance with its own reflexive criteria."--Jacket.

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