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The Media Syndrome and Reflexive Mediation

Part of the Transforming Communications – Studies in Cross-Media Research book series (TCSCMR)


Communication and social performances are guided and evaluated in popular culture terms and criteria as our media have become more instant, visual, and personal. The media syndrome (MS) refers to the prevalence of media logic, communication formats, and media content in social life. The media syndrome might include individual personas and identities, social issues, and political actions that are situated in entertainment oriented public and popular culture scenarios. As these experiences and events are shaped by new technologies and formats they become gateways to other mediated events and are a resource for another level of mediated experience. Accordingly, a reflexive mediated culture refers to a second order experience and familiarity with media and information technology. These lenses can be helpful in addressing some contemporary issues.

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Altheide, D.L. (2018). The Media Syndrome and Reflexive Mediation. In: Thimm, C., Anastasiadis, M., Einspänner-Pflock, J. (eds) Media Logic(s) Revisited. Transforming Communications – Studies in Cross-Media Research. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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