What is society?A useful concept is Benedict Andersons "imagined communities"
Imagined communitiesA nation “is imagined because themembers of even the smallestnation will never know most of theirfellow-members, meet them, oreven hear of them, yet in the mindsof each lives the image of theircommunion” (Anderson, 6-7)
Imagined communitiesNation building takes place through language
Imagined communities“Print-capitalism” - nations formaround national print-language
Imagined communities This language standard continues in radio and TV with enforcementof a standardized spoken language
Imagined communitiesMedia texts articulate a nation’s cultural and social identity