Media and communications are changing rapidly and their transformation is having a momentous impact on the abilities of individuals to communicate and how society communicates within itself. Such changes are important because media convey ideas, opinions, information, social values, experiences, and entertainment and those are influenced by social, economic, and political forces in society. The changing nature of communication is especially important because media and communication platforms are increasingly the primary location in which contemporary identity, culture, and values and norms are manifest and contested.
This book addresses those issues and considers what society needs from media in the contemporary environment. It is by nature normative, informed by the research and knowledge derived from the fields of the authors. They hope that it will spark deeper thinking and discussion of the roles of media in modern society and how society might work to ensure those needs are met.