Mediation in new labour’s modernization of government

a critical discourse analysis perspective


  • Norman Fairclough University of Lancaster



The concept of ‘mediation’ is tied to overcoming distance in communication, communicating with ‘distant others’. Mediation is associated with ‘time- -space distanciation’, the ‘detachment of a symbolic form from its context of production’ and its ‘re-embedding in new contexts which may be located at different times and places’ (Thompson 1995: 21). Modern forms of telecommunication (the telegraph and telephone, then radio, television, and then the internet) have resulted in the ‘uncoupling of space and time’ (Thompson 1995: 32), in the sense that communication with ‘distant others’ is no longer subject to the delays resulting from the need to physically transport symbolic forms (eg letters or printed material). Changes in information and communication technologies and the emergence of new media have vastly expanded the possibilities for overcoming distance in communication, making possible instantaneous communication over unlimited distances at little cost, and they are generally regarded as a crucial element of contemporary processes of globalization.


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Fairclough, N. (2008). Mediation in new labour’s modernization of government: a critical discourse analysis perspective. Comunicação Pública, 3(6), 73–94.