Media Now: Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology

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Thomson Wadsworth, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 554 pages
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Do your students understand how they are affected by the media they use? Do they understand how technology works, develops and changes over time? MEDIA NOW is the first mass communication text to encourage students to think critically about the media and its effects on culture and also provide them with a thorough understanding of how the media technologies develop, operate, converge and affect our greater society. Unlike other introductory mass communication books, MEDIA NOW prepares students for their careers in the expanded field of telecommunications, interactive media, and traditional media industries, by providing them with a book that will not only excite them but teach them the foundational theories, concepts and technical knowledge to help them thrive.

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Dr. Joseph D. Straubhaar is the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communication in the Radio-TV-Film Department and Latino Media Studies Director in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies within the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Dr. Straubhaar has published books, articles, and essays on international communication, global media, digital inclusion, international telecommunications, Brazilian television, Latin American media, comparative analyses of new television technologies, media flow and culture, and other topics. His primary teaching, research, and writing interests include global media, international communication and cultural theory, the digital divide in the United States and other countries, and global television studies. In addition to his own research in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, Dr. Straubhaar has taken student groups to Latin America and Asia, and he has presented seminars abroad on media research, television programming strategies, and telecommunications privatization. Currently he serves on the editorial boards of COMMUNICATION THEORY, MEDIA INDUSTRIES, CHINESE JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH, STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE, COMUNICACIÓN E CULTURA, and REVISTA INTERCOM. Visit Professor Straubhaar at http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/joe-straubhaar.

Dr. Robert LaRose is an Emeritus full professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He was recently honored with the MSU William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. Other accolades include the Outstanding Article Award of the Year in the field of communication from the International Communication Association and the McQuail Award for the Best Article Advancing Communication Theory from Amsterdam School of Communication Research for his 2010 paper "The Problem of Media Habits". Dr. LaRose conducts research on the uses and effects of the Internet and has published and presented numerous articles, essays, and book chapters on computer-mediated communication, social cognitive explanations of the Internet and its effects on behavior, understanding Internet usage, privacy, and more. In addition to his teaching and research, he is an avid watercolor painter and traveler. Visit Professor LaRose at http://www.msu.edu/~larose.

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