Media use and its effects in cross-national perspective

Hyunjin Song, Hajo Boomgaarden

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This contribution provides a critical reflection on the state-of-the-art of cross-national media use and media effect studies. Increasing availability of data sources, advances in theorizing and facilitation of international research collaboration have contributed to an increasing application of cross-national perspectives in communication research. Contingencies of media use and media effects brought about by national media systems or sociopolitical and cultural contexts of media use have become a central tenet of such research. The paper starts out by discussing the need for cross-national comparative perspectives in communication research. It then goes on to review the generally problematic nature of “media use” measurement, in particular in a comparative perspective, followed by an introduction to media systems and information environments as among the central macrolevel concepts in media use and media effect studies. In its core, the contribution reviews multilevel studies examining media use and the impact had by media, most of which stem from the realm of news use and its effects in politics. The article then discusses whether and to what degree these cross-national studies have contributed to further theory building. It concludes by discussing and providing an outlook for the future of comparative communication research.

Seiten (von - bis)545-571
FachzeitschriftKölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 3 Juni 2019

ÖFOS 2012

  • 508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft
  • 508014 Publizistik


  • Comparative communication research
  • Measurement
  • Media effects
  • Media use