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On the relation between audiences and publics

@inproceedings{Livingstone2005OnTR,
  title={On the relation between audiences and publics},
  author={Sonia Livingstone},
  year={2005}
}
In the late modern societies of Europe and elsewhere, the distinction between audience and public is increasingly hard to draw, as the media become ever more deeply embedded in all aspects of society. This article first outlines the widely held view of public and audience as mutually opposed, a view in which audiences are seen to undermine the effectiveness of publics. It then argues that the changing media and communications environment - characterized by both the mediation of publics… 

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