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Mass Media
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I. Practical Theology – II. Sociology

I. Practical Theology

Mass media, i.e. “all the institutions within society that employ technical means of duplication for the spreading of communication” (Luhmann, 10), have become a general prerequisite of public and private communication throughout the world. They represent non-personal media that usually exclude a direct, personally mediated interaction (III) between sender and receiver; however, computer technology enables the linking of variou…

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Grethlein, Christian and Schenk, Michael, “Mass Media”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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