Towards a Constructivist Theory of Media Genre

TitleTowards a Constructivist Theory of Media Genre
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsSchmidt, S. J.
Keywordsfunction, genre, media

Up to now the discussion of genres has been oriented rather exclusively towards text-types in the literary-system, and its scope has mostly been typological. In contrast to these approaches this paper aims at a systematic explication of the notion of genre in a science of the media on a constructivist epistemological basis conceiving of genres in terms of cognitive concepts.A constructivist theory of genre concentrates on functions, it strives for homogeneous argumentation, and it tries to establish a general theory of media genres which is able to explain the function of genres in the media in general.