As a practitioner who is also tempted to theorize his own actions I must confess that I am overwhelmed by the summa of information, comparison, and even innovation, represented by this book. (…) The authors (…) – numerous, learned people, malleable in their readings and in interpreting life, with a sound and yet bearable academic background – picture in these hundreds of pages the most complete and convincing scan of this phenomenon. It is mobile, opaque, deceiving, and, of course, tumor-like, but it is here that lies the purpose of an expert’s X-ray scan: to pinpoint one’s sores and deliver them packed with one’s medicines. I admire the quantity and quality of the synchronous and compared information devoted to the Romanian mass-media; this information remains hidden to those who limit themselves to watching Romanian TV channels or reading Romanian newspapers. It seems the media should not be worthy of such attention and science. The Academia took the first step forward, more confidently and calmly (and in a worldwide patentable manner) than the subspecies who happened to cross its path: politicians, journalists, media moguls, lonely or public intellectuals, stenographs, aristocrats of the mind, new petty retailers or old merchants. I have been waiting for a long time for such a comprehensive, multicolored picture, with a faultless notional and empirical focus, with a heuristic range that fits both the guinea pigs of the analysis and the naïve visitors of this zoo.
The main purpose which is to be fulfilled by this book – and which has otherwise been assumed since the publication of the first edition – is to mirror, from the area of interdisciplinary academic research, supplemented by journalistic inquiry, the image of our transition society from the viewpoint of two of its most important dimensions: politics and the press. Naturally, the volume also bears the mark of 23 years of post-communism. Without claiming to make predictions, the book is an updated analysis of the recent past and of a present that has not been overcome yet. Ultimately, it is the “picture of a stage”, and this does not mean that the main characters captured within this relationship are unlikely to witness new developments. However, just like in the case of a family photo album, we believe it is important to know that these developments also have a past, which, as any other past, leaves an indelible mark on that which, at a certain moment in time, is to become the present.
Daniel ȘANDRU, Sorin BOCANCEA
Ana-Maria Ambrosă; Liviu Antonesei; Lavinia Betea; Cristian Bocancea; Sorin Bocancea; George Bondor; Ivona Burduja; Grigore Cartianu; Răzvan Chiruță; Călin Ciobotari; Georgeta Condur; Andrei Cucu; Larisa Demeter; Sabin Drăgulin; Dan Drugă; Ion Dur; Livia Durac; Alina Hurubean; Constantin Ilaș; Adrian-Paul Iliescu; Liviu Iolu; Iulian Micu; Ovidiu Mihăiuc; Ioan Milică; Antonio Momoc; Tudor Pitulac; Doru Pop; Sorina Postolea; Sorin Cristian Semeniuc; Daniel Șandru; Ovidiu Șimonca; Adrian Marius Tompea; Anca Teodora Tompea; Ramona Ursu.