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Communicating Unreality
Modern Media and the Reconstruction of Reality


Volume: 1
Other Titles in:
Cultural Studies (General)

November 1999 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Reviewing the images and meanings of the mass-mediated world Gabriel Weimann examines the symbolic environment, in which reality and fiction are almost inseperable. Through discussion of mass-mediated images of people, cultures, war, love, sex, death, community and identity, he demonstrates that there is often a large gap between reality and the reconstruction of `realities' as communicated by the mass media.
 
Preface
 
PART ONE: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF REALITY
 
Living in a Mediated World
 
The Debate Over Media Effects
 
Cultivation and Mainstreaming
 
The Psychology of Cultivation
 
PART TWO: MEDIATED REALITIES
 
The Mean and Scary World
 
Sex and Sexuality
 
Death and Suicide
 
The World According to MTV
 
Portrayal of Groups
 
Images of America
 
The Unreal War
 
PART THREE: CONCLUSIONS
 
Virtual Reality:
Virtual or Real?  
 
Communicating Unreality

"Clearly written and interesting to read, this book makes good use of the history of famous studies and scholars, covers the waterfront of mass communication topics, and is backed up by a large number of references. . . I would use this text in my Sociology of Mass Communication course." 

Everett M. Rodgers
University of New Mexico

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