ECREA conference 2014

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CFP: 'Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations'

The ubiquitous presence of the media in contemporary society has led to the macro-institutions of society increasingly adapting themselves to (new) media logics , whereby there ceases to be a clear-cut separation between media and other social/cultural institutions. This situation begs for an analysis of how the fast-paced social and technological innovations of our media ecology alter various aspects of daily life, transforming national boundaries into transnational spaces, with resonance on markets and consumption. At the same time that the liberalization of content creation brought about by new media paves the way for innovations and the democratization of the creative economy through the production and distribution of user-generated content, we increasingly witness the prevalence of large economic groups in the design, control and filtering of information. Moreover, the interactive dimension of new technologies not only allows for the voluntary visibility of individuals and groups, but also acts as a means of disciplinary surveillance. As such, increasing cultural, economic and technological convergence implies the mastering of new literacies that allow for the use and critical understanding of both media form and media content. Reflection on the regulatory politics of the communication sector is thus paramount to facilitating both greater mobilization as well as political and cultural participation on the part of the common citizen in public space. Further, we should rethink the necessary balance between the public interest and the interests of the market, so as to ensure thepromotion of citizenship, social capital and social inclusion.

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