This book is the first in a series dedicated to communication studies. It is a selection of papers resulting from a multidisciplinary and international effort aiming at mapping some of the most important phenomena characterizing the transition process of communication culture today. The recurring theme of these essays is the relationship between the chances of democracy and a changing communication culture. Issues addressed include the democratic potentials of the Internet, the effects of commercial media on political communication, issue framing and the gullibility of the electorate. Many of the essays focus on the changes in East-Central Europe, a region of specific interest as it has to face the triple challenge of transition from authoritarian regimes to democracy, from centrally planned economies to market economies and from industrial to information societies. Potential problems of all three aspects of the transition are addressed from the perspective of communication. In the majority of the papers, the theory is supported with hard empirical data.