A Reality Check 2003 by Jan Servaes

By Jan Servaes

The globalisation of social, cultural and financial family is facilitated, and even as conditioned via advancements within the info and communications applied sciences (ICT) and infrastructure. Human wisdom introduced mankind from an oral to a literate tradition, because of the discovery of print media. the improvement of digital media within the final century cleared the path for the data age, within which spatial and temporal constraints are lifted.

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Therefore, strategies to fill the gap can not be globalized. Lastly and additionally, a new phenomenon of ‘pleonastic exclusion’ is taking place, as a result of the enormous numbers of channels of communication, which forces audiences to a continuous selection-exclusion of information sources. In other words, ICTs adoption is not to be taken for granted. Note * This chapter builds on Servaes (2002) and Servaes & Heinderyckx (2002) References Burgelman J-C & Pauwels C. (1991), “Growing convergence between broadcasting and telecommunication: Policy problems at the level of the Commission of the European Communities”, Telematics and Informatics, vol.

2/3 Burgelman J-C & Verhoest P. (1996), “Trans-European information networks”, Telematics & Informatics, vol. 13, no. 2/3, pp. 67-80. Collins R. (2002) Media and identity in Contemporary Europe. Consequences of Global Convergence, Bristol: Intellect. Commission of the European Communities (1984), Television without Frontiers. Green Paper on the establishment of the Common Market for broadcasting especially by satellite and cable, EU: Brussels (COM-84-300 final). Commission of the European Communities (1993), Growth, competitiveness, employment.

Again, this is all the more so when considered in the context of EU policy discourses which place so much emphasis on ‘an information society for all’ and seeking to construct ‘a knowledgebased eEurope’. These and other quantitative indicators all seem to underline the fact that the official project for constructing a new ‘knowledge-based’ European Union is a peculiarly lopsided one. In terms of material resources and surrounding policy frameworks and supports, it is heavily biased towards one end of the knowledge production and distribution spectrum.

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