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Synthesizing a working definition of "mass" media

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Potter, W. James

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Abstract Media scholars as well as the public frequently use the terms “mass communication” and “mass media”, but the meaning of these terms is often ambiguous. While it is assumed that everyone knows what these terms mean, the few scholars who attempt to define these terms struggle to capture the essence of their meaning without including elements that are faulty, and this task is becoming even more difficult in the new media environment. We are left with the troubling question: What are the “mass” media? This review constructs an answer to this question in a four step process. The first step features a critical analysis of the literature to identify definitional elements used by scholars. These definitional elements are subjected to four screens that evaluate their utility in a second step. The third step adds elements missing from the literature so as to make the eventual definition more useful in the new media environment. Finally, the fourth step features the construction of a working definition of “mass” media.
Keywords mass media; mass communication; concept; new media; communication research; definition
Classification Mass Communication; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of the Science of Communication
Free Keywords conceptualization; lineation theory; critical analysis
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 1-30
Journal Review of Communication Research, 1 (2013)
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works