Political Economy of Communication

Time, Communication and Global Capitalism
Intellectual and activist responses to the growth of mass media eventually produced a distinctive research field; the political economy of communication. It formed in the wake of European decolonisation, the cold war, the non-aligned movement and international new left activism. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, capitalism and communication merged on a global scale and opened up new political-economic perspectives. Digital convergences across mass media, telecommunications and computer technologies created new sectors of production and profit realisation. The growing density, portability and sophistication of web-based communication have produced fora of social media and a cluster of social media corporations. 

Within this evolving field researchers in the School of Communication Studies have published in the following areas:

• Capitalism, communication and time
• Global news flows
• Financialisation of media ownership
• Media organisations in the south and south west Pacific
• Media ownership in New Zealand
• New Zealand  commercial radio, radio and the internet
• New Zealand broadcasting policy
• The public sphere in Aotearoa –New Zealand
• Current affairs and tabloidization on New Zealand television.

Academic staff:

• Merja Myllylahti

Last updated: 26-Aug-2016 9.00am

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