Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time

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Vintage Books, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 393 pages
An inside look at the workings and impact of the mass media examines their influence on how we see ourselves and make decisions, the exercise of power, and the formation and expression of our self-image as a nation

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Herbert Gans is a German-born American sociologist who was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. Active in urban planning and housing at the beginning of his career, he taught planning and sociology at Columbia Teachers College and subsequently at Columbia University. He is best known for his work on American communities, including The Urban Villagers (1962), a study of Boston's West End and The Levittowners (1967). He has focused much of his research on the American middle class.

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