Questioning the Media: A Critical Introduction

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John Downing, Ali Mohammadi, Annabelle Sreberny
SAGE, Mar 15, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 511 pages
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The Second Edition of this successful text has been updated and extensively revised to provide students with an engaging introduction to media studies.

Practical and accessible, Questioning the Media invites readers to be active participants in the process of understanding the importance of the media today. New chapters on media and identity, global media influences, computer-mediated communication, feminist media theories, popular music and news coverage of AIDS enhance the previous collection of original works by distinguished contributors.

With helpful introductions to each section and chapter, this innovative volume offers diverse critical perspectives on media studies, political economy, cultural studies, the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, feminism, audience ethnography and cultural dependency. Students can examine thoroughly topics in mass culture, technology, international communication and more. Throughout the book sophisticated terms and concepts are explained, making this the ideal critical introduction to media studies.

  

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Contents

Forms of Media as Ways of Knowing
23
What Happens?
39
How Are Media Born and Developed?
54
Media Power and Control
75
Mass Media and the U S Presidency
94
DONNA A DEMAC and JOHN DOWNING 1 12
112
Control Mechanisms of National News
128
Media Dictatorship and
184
New Communication Technologies
277
Information Imbalance Across the Globe
293
Mass Media and Popular Culture
309
Advertising and Consumer Culture
329
Racism and the American Way of Media
345
Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Identity
362
Between Celebration
379
Cinema and Communication
394

Audiences and Users
205
Personal
221
Alternative Media and the Boston Tea Party
238
Information Technologies
253
AIDS News and News Cultures
413
Global News Media Cover the World
428
Sport and the Spectacle
460
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About the author (1995)

Dr Ali Mohammadi is Reader in the Department of English and Media Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is co-author with Annabelle Sreberny-Mohammadi, of Small Media, Big Revolution: Communication and Culture and The Iranian Revolution (1994). He is also co-editor of Questioning the Media (1994)

CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

Oliver Boyd-Barrett University of Leicester

Cees Hamelink University of Amsterdam

Ralph Negrine University of Leicester

John Tomlinson Nottingham Trent University

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