Mass Communication and American Social Thought

Key Texts, 1919-1968

Author: John Durham Peters,Peter Simonson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742528390

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 530

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This anthology of hard-to-find primary documents provides a solid overview of the foundations of American media studies. Focusing on mass communication and society and how this research fits into larger patterns of social thought, this valuable collection features key texts covering the media studies traditions of the Chicago school, the effects tradition, the critical theory of the Frankfurt school, and mass society theory. Where possible, articles are reproduced in their entirety to preserve the historical flavor and texture of the original works. Topics include popular theater, yellow journalism, cinema, books, public relations, political and military propaganda, advertising, opinion polling, photography, the avant-garde, popular magazines, comics, the urban press, radio drama, soap opera, popular music, and television drama and news. This text is ideal for upper-level courses in mass communication and media theory, media and society, mass communication effects, and mass media history.
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Understanding the Media

A Sociology of Mass Communication

Author: Joel Smith

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

ISBN: 9781572730045

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 392

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The Power of News

Author: Michael Schudson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674695863

Category: Social Science

Page: 269

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Some say it's simply information, mirroring the world. Others believe it's propaganda, promoting a partisan view. But news, Michael Schudson tells us, is really both and neither; it is a form of culture, complete with its own literary and social conventions and powerful in ways far more subtle and complex than its many critics might suspect. A penetrating look into this culture, The Power of News offers a compelling view of the news media's emergence as a central institution of modern society, a key repository of common knowledge and cultural authority. One of our foremost writers on journalism and mass communication, Schudson shows us the news evolving in concert with American democracy and industry, subject to the social forces that shape the culture at large. He excavates the origins of contemporary journalistic practices, including the interview, the summary lead, the preoccupation with the presidency, and the ironic and detached stance of the reporter toward the political world. His book explodes certain myths perpetuated by both journalists and critics. The press, for instance, did not bring about the Spanish-American War or bring down Richard Nixon; TV did not decide the Kennedy-Nixon debates or turn the public against the Vietnam War. Then what does the news do? True to their calling, the media mediate, as Schudson demonstrates. He analyzes how the news, by making knowledge public, actually changes the character of knowledge and allows people to act on that knowledge in new and significant ways. He brings to bear a wealth of historical scholarship and a keen sense for the apt questions about the production, meaning, and reception of news today.
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Politics, Society, and the Media

Author: Paul Nesbitt-Larking

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1551118122

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 406

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"Nesbitt-Larking challenges his readers to become critical consumers of media and provides a number of strategies to encourage them to do so." - Nick Baxter-Moore, Brock University
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The Mediatization of Culture and Society

Author: Stig Hjarvard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415692369

Category: Social Science

Page: 173

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Mediatization has emerged as a key concept to reconsider old, yet fundamental questions about the role and influence of media in culture and society. In particular the theory of mediatization has proved fruitful for the analysis of how media spread to, become intertwined with, and influence other social institutions and cultural phenomena like politics, play and religion. This book presents a major contribution to the theoretical understanding of the mediatization of culture and society. This is supplemented by in-depth studies of: The mediatization of politics: From party press to opinion industry; The mediatization of religion: From the faith of the church to the enchantment of the media; The mediatization of play: From bricks to bytes; The mediatization of habitus: The social character of a new individualism. Mediatization represents a new social condition in which the media have emerged as an important institution in society at the same time as they have become integrated into the very fabric of social and cultural life. Making use of a broad conception of the media as technologies, institutions and aesthetic forms, Stig Hjarvard considers how characteristics of both old and new media come to influence human interaction, social institutions and cultural imaginations.
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Competition, Gender and Management

Beyond Winning and Losing

Author: J. Dennehy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230389376

Category: Social Science

Page: 221

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Investigates eight dimensions of competition which are active yet covert in the lives of managers. Explains in great detail the everyday experiences of men and women and the ways in which different cultures at work and in wider society, particularly exposure to sport and media, affect and reflect the relationship between gender and competition.
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Mass Communication Theory

An Introduction

Author: Denis McQuail

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 245

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What is mass communication?; Alternative aproaches to mass communication theory; Media - society linkages: theories of function an purpose; Media institution and organization: production of media culture; Media content: analysis, reality reflectoin and the news genre; The media audience; Processes of media effects; Themes of media theory and issues of media policy: some paths to the frontier.
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Mass Communication In India

A Sociological Perspective

Author: J V Vilanilam

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 9352805704

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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This book traces the progress of mass communications in India and the West from a historical and sociological perspective, from primitive to modern times. Placing his argument in the global context within which mass communication takes place, the author: - Emphasizes the distinction between communication and mass communication—the former being a two-way exchange and the latter mostly a one-way communication. - Discusses the relevance of mass communication for the largely illiterate population of India, with particular reference to the type of media content and the inadequacy of conventional schooling. - Discusses the rapid technological progress in the world in recent decades in the context of digitalization, computerization and media convergence, as well as the global nature of mass communication. - Highlights that almost half the world`s population remains untouched by the communications revolution even at the beginning of the 21st century. - Examines the potential of EDUSAT, the educational satellite launched recently, as a means to bring education and information to all sectors of the Indian population.
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Mediating the Message in the 21st Century

A Media Sociology Perspective

Author: Pamela J. Shoemaker,Stephen D. Reese

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135858292

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Hailed as one of the "most significant books of the twentieth century" by Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mediating the Message has long been an essential text for media effects scholars and students of media sociology. This new edition of the classic media sociology textbook now offers students a comprehensive, theoretical approach to media content in the twenty-first century, with an added focus on entertainment media and the Internet.
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