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Juraj Kittler
The most recent issue of Medien & Zeit, a communication history journal based in Vienna, includes an article by Assistant Professor of English/Performance and Communication Arts Juraj Kittler. "Learning from Braudel: A Quest for a Comprehensive History of the Public Sphere," appears in Volume 26, Number 4 of the journal, which alternates publication in German and English. This volume is in English and is dedicated to new theoretical approaches to communication history research in Europe.

Kittler's article argues that European historians need to start looking beyond the boundaries of traditional states and their national/local media histories. He states that, as an example, the understanding of American journalism and its historical influence on European newsrooms is almost indispensable for capturing the ways in which the news media in most European countries developed - mainly in the past 100 years. Emblematic of the trend, Kittler says, is the emergence of The New York Times as the global newspaper of record that promoted ideas of scientific rationalism world-wide, with its notion of objective interpretation of social reality.

Posted: January 27, 2012

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