So many four-fold conceptual schemes, so little time… The following three appear arbitary, contrived, as though arranging a subject matter in groups of four was in itself clever (and just to complete my own set of four, here’s one I wrote about earlier).
Manuel Castells’ (2001) four cultures of the internet:
* Open source advocates
* Social communities
Also Dennis Mumby’s four kinds of discourse, producing narratives of:
* Representation (positivist modernism)
* Understanding (interpretive modernism)
* Suspicion (critical modernism)
* Vulnerability (postmodernism)
And the ‘four cultures of the West’ described by church historian John O’Malley (2004):
Perhaps it’s just that five would be too many and three too few.
Manuel Castells (2001) The Internet Galaxy. Reflections on the Internet, Business and Society. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Dennis K Mumby (1997). Modernism, postmodernism, and communication studies: A rereading of an ongoing
debate. Communication Theory, 7, 1–28.
John W. O’Malley 2004 The Four Cultures of the West. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Now read: Mapping Four-fold conceptual schemes