Welcome to Critical Media Review
In this mediated age of austerity the mass media in all its variants has important consequences for society. Indeed writing from Ireland few would argue that the mass media here, private or public, has acted as an impartial and objective observer or ‘mirror’ of society. Rather many argue that the mass media has more than often acted as a subjective and sometimes very political actor in debates around the economic and political crises. This has somewhat confirmed the Gramscian view of the media as a defensive part of capitalist (civil) society which is resistant to the ‘catastrophic “incursions” of the immediate economic element’ (Gramsci 1971). The understanding and deconstruction of the ideological assumptions and discourses across the media sphere is therefore a necessary task. The traditional mass media of course is not the only factor as internet publishing, social networking and blogging has grown in popularity; however it is still far too early to tell how the potentialities of this ‘new’ media will play out.
For these reasons it is crucial to critically treat the media, new and old, in all its forms and its actual and potential role(s) in society at large. Critical Media Review brings together communications and media scholars, bloggers and activists with the aim of deconstructing media content, and demystifying media practices and structures. This blog is grounded in the material aspects of political economy and the current crises and does not wish to be ‘media’ or ‘techno-centric’. However while acknowledging that the media in its various forms do not ‘cause’ or ‘solve’ political, economic or social problems we maintain that the media can and does have a very real and dialectical influence on society and politics.
The blog calls on media scholars, bloggers, activists, journalists and all interested parties to contribute. All forms of contributions are welcome, whether academic studies, reviews, or simple links to newspaper or other articles with brief analysis of ideological tropes, assumptions or discourses. Articles by media activists or journalists on issues of practice or practicalities are also welcome. The blog is interested in all forms of media. The blog however will concentrate on media analysis rather than being a media channel.
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