Mass media after postsocialism: trends of 2000s

Дата публикации: 15.11.2012

The 4th International Media Readings in Moscow Mass Media and Communications – 2012

In 1990s major processes and phenomena in postsocialist countries’ (Commonwealth of Independent States, Baltic and Eastern Europe Regions) media systems were described and analyzed by both Western and local researches in context of the great social transformation. The core issue was the transition from vertically controlled propaganda system to a renovated state of national media built around press freedom and market competition. Mass media were going through rapid transition alongside politics, economies and societies of their states.

In new millennium postsocialist countries more and more often position themselves as already fully formed powers of modern Western type with working democracy, market economy and even civil society. National media systems and journalism are presumed also to leave evident and radical transformations behind, and today exist under transparent structural, economical, normative and institutional realities. But more detailed approach to postsocialist media analysis would make us wonder: is the transformation phase really over, and if yes, is it possible to enunciate universal trends of posttransitional, postsocialist period?

Dates: November 15-16, 2012

Conference place: Moscow (Russia)

Conference organizers: Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University

Working language: English, Russian