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The Reality of the Mass Media

The Reality of the Mass Media 96 Journal of Communication Inquiry fashion than in the past, an invitation to scholars to contribute book reviews or review essays for possible publication in what we believe may be as lively a forum as, well, your most memorable graduate seminar. James F. Tracy Editor The Reality of the Mass Media, by Niklas Luhmann (translated by Kathleen Cross). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000, 154 pp., ISBN 0-8047- 4076-3 (cloth). Contributions of systems theory to mass communication theory and research remain significant yet marginal events in the intellectual history of communication studies; significant because of ambitious attempts in the 1960s and 1970s (see the work of Lee Thayer specifically) to establish a science of communication based on a complex theoretical framework that had been applied to explanations of social systems elsewhere and marginal because of a subsequently intermittent interest in theorizing communication or media in terms of systemic or technical codes, in particular. In this small volume, Niklas Luhmann turns his attention to the mass media, with a theoretical treatise that not only reinforces the pivotal role and function of communica- tion in society but also confirms Luhmann’s ingenuity as a leading interpreter of social systems. Based on a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Communication Inquiry SAGE

The Reality of the Mass Media

Journal of Communication Inquiry , Volume 26 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2002

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0196-8599
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10.1177/019685990202600108
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96 Journal of Communication Inquiry fashion than in the past, an invitation to scholars to contribute book reviews or review essays for possible publication in what we believe may be as lively a forum as, well, your most memorable graduate seminar. James F. Tracy Editor The Reality of the Mass Media, by Niklas Luhmann (translated by Kathleen Cross). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000, 154 pp., ISBN 0-8047- 4076-3 (cloth). Contributions of systems theory to mass communication theory and research remain significant yet marginal events in the intellectual history of communication studies; significant because of ambitious attempts in the 1960s and 1970s (see the work of Lee Thayer specifically) to establish a science of communication based on a complex theoretical framework that had been applied to explanations of social systems elsewhere and marginal because of a subsequently intermittent interest in theorizing communication or media in terms of systemic or technical codes, in particular. In this small volume, Niklas Luhmann turns his attention to the mass media, with a theoretical treatise that not only reinforces the pivotal role and function of communica- tion in society but also confirms Luhmann’s ingenuity as a leading interpreter of social systems. Based on a

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Published: Jan 1, 2002

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