Communication is a value, an aspiration, but it is also an industry, a flourishing market, even an ideology. In other words, a complex and polysemic phenomenon that requires a work of critical analysis and understanding. This is the scientific challenge of the journal Herm?s since its creation in 1988: to study interdisciplinary communication in its relations with individuals, techniques, cultures and societies.
Herm?s, while being a scientific journal, wishes to remain accessible to an open public interested in the emergence of theoretical problems related to communication. Provided to avoid confinement in a discipline, the illusions of modernism and the certainty of theories. This is why themes such as public space, political communication, the digital divide, cognitive science, cinema and television, scientific information, multicultural coexistence, translation and rituals .
Given the success of the journal Herm?s and on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary in 2008, "Les Essentiels d'Herm?s" were added to this reference. It is the interdisciplinary character of the communication sciences and the need to distinguish between real and false problems that justify this collective intellectual commitment. Beyond that, it is also a question of developing a scientific community that has begun to form within the Institute of Communication Sciences of the CNRS (ISCC), founded in 2007.