Questioning the Media: A Critical Introduction

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John D. H. Downing, Ali Mohammadi, Annabelle Sreberny
SAGE Publications, Mar 15, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 544 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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Forms of Media as Ways of Knowing
What Happens?
How Are Media Born and Developed?

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About the author (1995)

John Downing is Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the Univeristy of Texas, Austin. He is a co-editor of Questioning the Media (1990) and has contributed to the journals Media, Culture & Society and Discourse & Society

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)


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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