Event Date/Time: Nov 15, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 17, 2007
Registration Date: Aug 15, 2007
Early Registration Date: Jul 15, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: May 31, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Sep 30, 2007
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Media has recently become the predominant molder of reality. Our public and private being is prisoned by the information universe created by media and our personal and communal existence is started to be shaped by the information which is strained from “media reality”. Despite the existence of different approaches towards the effect of media on political structure, there is a widespread acceptance on the assumption that the relationship between media and politics is interdependent. Media, which can shape the political power and manipulate it, have an important impact on the political elites and decision-making processes. The interdependence between media and politics which functions economically and ideologically, while assisting in the reconstruction of selected discourses in media, prevents the representation of counter-hegemonic discourses, helps or makes the construction/deconstruction of political elites difficult. Consequently, it will be misleading to assume that these two fields could be dependent from on each other. The relationship between these two issues seems to be interrelated and cyclical.

A critical scrutiny on the matter, might help us to rethink politics and remember the ability of our common will on a political praxis, apart from the academic and intellectual richness of the matter. This international symposium titled “Media and Politics” aims to discuss the interdependence of these two issues from a wide perspective of different theoretical approaches, rather than asking the limited question of whether media effects politics or vice versa.


Ege University Faculty of Communication, Journalism Department