Media Practice and Everyday Agency in Europe

Title chapter: Lessons of the Lament: Footnotes on the Mediatization Discourse
Author: Risto Kunelius
Keywords: Mediatization, Rationalization, Networks, Lament
Abstract: In this essay, I will take the lament as my starting point and ask: What can we learn from this aspect of lament in mediatization discourse? Without any claims to conduct coherent theory building here, I follow a trail of four themes. They are (i) the idea and value of differentiation, (ii) the question of the base of that differentiation and the "medium" of the media, (iii) the notion of networks and translations between domains and (iv) the question of rationalization. These overlapping remarks also link the debate about mediatization to various strands of some recent social theory.
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