Media Research Techniques

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SAGE, May 5, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 175 pages
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The first edition was praised for being delightful, engaging, readable, and well-organized. Now, once again, Arthur Asa Berger continues the tradition of providing students with a clearly written, user-friendly, hands-on guide to media research techniques with the long-awaited second edition of his best-selling classic Media Research Techniques. Leading the reader through a number of specially designed research projects (such as content analysis, surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews), he presents an array of interesting and practical assignments. In response to suggestions from faithful users of the first edition, Berger has added new chapters in the following areas: Experimentation Historical Research Comparative Research Participant Observation This handy guide can be used in conjunction with texts on research methodology, or it can stand alone and be used in courses dealing with such topics as media, popular arts, and American culture and society. Practical and concise, Media Research Techniques, Second Edition is an essential tool for everyone in communication, journalism, written communication, methodology/research/gaming, and cultural studies.
 

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Contents

Guided Research Projects
3
Research Logs
15
Newspaper Comics Pages
23
Media Utilization
35
Television Soap Opera Characters
45
Favorite Singers and Recordings
55
Magazine Advertisements
65
Audiences of Radio Talk Shows
79
Humor
97
Video Game Players
105
Images of Shopping Malls in the Popular Press
111
Images of Disneyland and Disney World in the American Popular and Scholarly Press
117
Writing With Style
123
Avoiding Common Writing Errors
137
Writing a Research Report
159
About the Author
175

Reasons for Attending Films
89

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About the author (1998)

Arthur Asa Berger is Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where he taught between 1965 and 2003. He has published more than 100 articles, numerous book reviews, and more than 60 books. Among his latest books are the third edition of Media and Communication Research Methods: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2013), The Academic Writer’s Toolkit: A User’s Manual (2008), What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture (2009), Bali Tourism (2013), Tourism in Japan: An Ethno-Semiotic Analysis (2010), The Culture Theorist’s Book of Quotations (2010), and The Objects of Our Affection: Semiotics and Consumer Culture (2010). He has also written a number of academic mysteries such as Durkheim is Dead: Sherlock Holmes is Introduced to Sociological Theory (2003) and Mistake in Identity: A Cultural Studies Murder Mystery (2005). His books have been translated into eight languages and thirteen of his books have been translated into Chinese.

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