Classical Marxism and Communication: An Analysis Including Modern Application and Alternative Theoretical Perspectives
In modern times, revolutions in communication technology have paved the way for the exchange of ideas to become easier than ever before: through the use of technological advances in the field of wireless electronics, communication has become effortless; more people can be contacted, is now cheaper, and is now instantaneous. In order to identify how these institutions have changed the way they operate, sociological theorists attempt to observe unifying traits across a society over time, and seek to realize the balance of the properties of order and action within a society. It is for this reason that it is prominent to compare social elements to both new and old sociological theories, and one of the most significant advocates of worldwide unification in any context is theorist Karl Marx. Marx posits that a universal unification is essential to reach an ideal society, which will require worldwide communication. Therefore, it becomes necessary to observe how communication fits in Marx's theory, how it currently operates in modern society, how it could possibly be adapted or translated to work with Marx's theory, and also how both flaws in implementation and the theory itself might inhibit societal development, or how such could be improved upon.