When talking about the history of a field of study and especially the beginnings of that field of study, a key term should be discussed.
Interdiscipline: "a field of scholars who identify with various disciplines but share a common interest in a theme that crosses traditional [academic] boundaries“ (Littlejohn).
If we want to get metaphorical, we could think of an interdiscipline as an oasis.
Oasis: "A fertile spot in a desert where water is found" (Oxford Dictionaries).
|An oasis (public domain image, Wikipedia)|
What is the relationship between an interdiscipline and an oasis?
At what point in the historical development of a field of study does the oasis or interdiscipline ideas fit in? When was communication study/media study an interdiscipline? The beginning? The middle? Now?
The beginning, especially. Why?
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