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The medium is the message: The media history of the press

Lundell, Patrik LU (2008) In Media History 16(1). p.1-16
Abstract
This paper argues for the relevance of the media history of the press. Using a broad and open

media concept, this perspective should be understood as the study of the construction and

communication of the self-images and ideology of the press. Rather than describing the complex

of problems as images that are ‘spread’ through one channel (newspapers) by one actor (the

press), it should be seen as a mutual exchange between various media and various actors.

Different audiences have been resources for the press, just as the press has been a resource for

them. Instead of separating proper journalism, the spreading of the self-image, and the reception

of different audiences as... (More)
This paper argues for the relevance of the media history of the press. Using a broad and open

media concept, this perspective should be understood as the study of the construction and

communication of the self-images and ideology of the press. Rather than describing the complex

of problems as images that are ‘spread’ through one channel (newspapers) by one actor (the

press), it should be seen as a mutual exchange between various media and various actors.

Different audiences have been resources for the press, just as the press has been a resource for

them. Instead of separating proper journalism, the spreading of the self-image, and the reception

of different audiences as clearly defined areas, they must be seen as constituting each other.

Focusing on the funeral of Swedish editor Lars Hierta, the paper argues for the methodological

advantages inherent in the media event and the surrounding cultural circumstances. (Less)
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self-images, press history, media history of the press, cultural history of media, ideology, media events
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Routledge
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1469-9729
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English
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media concept, this perspective should be understood as the study of the construction and<br/><br>
communication of the self-images and ideology of the press. Rather than describing the complex<br/><br>
of problems as images that are ‘spread’ through one channel (newspapers) by one actor (the<br/><br>
press), it should be seen as a mutual exchange between various media and various actors.<br/><br>
Different audiences have been resources for the press, just as the press has been a resource for<br/><br>
them. Instead of separating proper journalism, the spreading of the self-image, and the reception<br/><br>
of different audiences as clearly defined areas, they must be seen as constituting each other.<br/><br>
Focusing on the funeral of Swedish editor Lars Hierta, the paper argues for the methodological<br/><br>
advantages inherent in the media event and the surrounding cultural circumstances.},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--16},
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  title        = {The medium is the message: The media history of the press},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2008},
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