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The Mythologies Of Modernity With A Schizophrenic Network Dynamic, Olga Baysha Jan 2012

The Mythologies Of Modernity With A Schizophrenic Network Dynamic, Olga Baysha

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

It is well documented that the attempts of various societies to modernize themselves lead not only to appropriations of modernity, but also to popular disillusionment: the loss of hope for quick positive changes or even realization that those changes were unnecessary. Using the case study of Gorbachev’s perestroika, this thesis shows: The seeds of popular post-revolutionary frustration should be sought in pre-revolutionary discourses on democracy, market, liberalism, and other concepts of Western modernity that are produced outside local contexts and introduced through the channels of global communication and the interpretations of journalists, politicians, activists, and experts. Through such interpretations ...