Mediations: Philip Young

  • Mediations comments on public relations theory and practice, with an emphasis on social media and communication ethics. Philip Young is project leader for NEMO: New Media, Modern Democracy at Campus Helsingborg, Lund University, Sweden. All views expressed here are personal and should not be seen as representing Lund University or any other organisation.

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    Good post. Modern PRs seem not to know that communities are defined more by who they exclude than by who they include. Hence, most of what passes for online communities are not communities at all. Borders, barriers and exclusivity give communities their value - their sense of belonging to their members, as well as establishing their identity and position in the world. Of course, things are always changing and being redefined, but the principles behind how communities are made meaningful remain constant.

    As for comparisons with the medieval world - back then the tension between neighbouring villages was the real tension (it was people like us who were feared and hated most and the source of most was so in parts of Africa until very recently).

    Excellent post!

    Through most of history, allegiances have been tribal - and tribes were not defined by physical boundaries.

    Coins describing medieval kings as rex angliae meant that they were 'king of the English', not 'king of England'. The tribe, not the land.

    Borders are the obsession of empires and nation states.

    Thanks, Paul and Richard. This seems territory worth exploring (or invading, or annexing!). One of the factors that has driven border studies seems to be the development of ever more sophisticated cartography; I wonder who is using social media metrics and demographics to more sharply define borders and boundaries?

    Indeed an interesting post - however maybe things have changed?

    @ Richard - has the situation changed in recent years in terms of the Queen being the Queen of England/British Commonwealth rather than the Queen of the English?

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