Abstract

The aim of the EastBound journal is to create an international platform for Western and Eastern European researchers engaged in the multidisciplinary field of media and cultural studies. EastBound is published by MOKK Media Research at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University. This issue includes articles by Joke Bauwens ("Citizens on the Couch: The ‘Us People’-Potential of the Television Experience"), Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone and Tim Markham ("‘Public Connection’ and the Uncertain Norms of Media Consumption"), Lajos Császi ("Broadening the Concept of Media Rituals: Tabloids as “Low Holidays of Television”"), Péter Csigó ("Celebratory Politics: Late Modern Promotionalism and Political Communication"), Peter Dahlgren ("Television and Popular Civic Cultures: Public Sphere Perspectives"), and Václav Štětka ("Globalization, Reality TV and Cultural Inclusion: the Case of the 2005 Czech Search for a Superstar").