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The No-Go Zone of Journalism Studies: Revisiting the Concept of Technological Determinism
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1428-9477
2023 (English)In: Digital Journalism, ISSN 2167-0811, E-ISSN 2167-082X, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 672-690Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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This study aims to assess technological determinism in relation tointerdisciplinarity in journalism studies. Based on a scoping reviewof articles published during the last decade in three influentialscientific journals within the journalism studies field, DigitalJournalism, New Media & Society and Journalism, the study analyzesmanifestations of technological determinism and interdisciplinarity.The review includes in its analysis 127 articles published between2012 and 2022 that mention “technological determinism” and “journalism.” Furthermore, the study connects these manifestations tothe biographies of the authors in terms of their PhD dissertationdiscipline. The study raises two concerns. First, the analysis of themanifestation of technological determinism indicates that technological determinism is mainly thought of and discussed by thescholarly community from a functionalist viewpoint. It seems likescholarship that has added nuances and further developed thetheory has been disregarded or perhaps is not even known.Second, interdisciplinary research on technology becomes difficultsince the essence of technological determinism is considered ano-go zone in journalism studies. However, for the field of journalism studies to grow even stronger a revised delimitation isnecessary. To reduce the stigma around technological determinismas a concept, the limitation should not exclude the use of theconcept, but encourage a more nuanced assessment of it to contribute to the discussion of the role of technology in journalism.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2023. Vol. 11, no 4, p. 672-690
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Technological determinism; journalism studies; scoping review; digital journalism; journalism; new media & society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51238DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2023.2188472ISI: 000954517100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85150528241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-51238DiVA, id: diva2:1746116
Available from: 2023-03-27 Created: 2023-03-27 Last updated: 2023-06-13Bibliographically approved

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