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The Media Reader
Continuity and Transformation

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May 1999 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Alertness to the changing terms of debate, familiarity with the latest scholarship and a shrewd, practical sense of what works in teaching make this collection a very worthwhile addition to course reading lists' - John Corner, University of Liverpool

The Media Reader is an essential sourcebook of key statements about transformations in media culture. The Reader explores the technological, economic, social and cultural processes implicated in the production, regulation, circulation and consumption of media forms. It applies theoretical approaches, supported by a range of case studies, to past and present media transformations.

Divided into four parts: Mass Communications and the Modern World; Understanding `Transformations' in Media Culture; New Media for New Times; Future Perfect?, this Reader provides a framework for examining many of the key transformations in the contemporary media environment. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students alike.

 
PART ONE: MASS COMMUNICATION AND THE MODERN WORLD
John Thompson
The Media and Modernity
Graham Murdock
Corporate Dynamics and Broadcasting Futures
Raymond Williams
The Technology and the Society
Carolyn Marvin
When Old Technologies Were New
Implementing the Future

 
Patrice Flichy
The Wireless Age
Radio Broadcasting

 
 
PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING `TRANSFORMATIONS' IN MEDIA CULTURE
Joshua Meyrowitz
No Sense of Place
The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behaviour

 
Anthony Smith
Information Technology and the Myth of Abundance
Frank Webster
What Information Society?
John Tomlinson
Cultural Globalisation
Placing and Displacing the West

 
Edward Herman and Robert McChesney
The Global Media in the Late 1990s
Simon During
Popular Culture on a Global Scale
A Challenge for Cultural Studies?

 
 
PART THREE: NEW MEDIA FOR NEW TIMES
Jeanette Steemers
Broadcasting is Dead. Long Live Digital Choice
Brent MacGregor
Making Television News in the Satellite Age
Howard Rheingold
The Virtual Community
Finding Connection in a Computerised World

 
Sherry Turkle
Identity in the Age of the Internet
Leslie Haddon
The Development of Interactive Games
 
PART FOUR: FUTURE PERFECT?
David Morley and Kevin Robins
Reimagined Communities? New Media, New Possibilities
David Lyon
The World Wide Web of Surveillance
The Internet and Off-World Power Flows

 
Ien Ang
In the Realm of Uncertainty
The Global Village and Capitalist Postmodernity

 
John Street
Remote Control? Politics, Technology and 'Electronic Democracy'
Manuel Castells
An Introduction to the Information Age

`This book represents a valuable resource in helping students make sense of the rapid and perplexing changes in media technologies and institutions from a range of perspectives.... I shall certainly be recommending The Media Reader to my students' - Convergence


"Alertness to the chaning terms of debate, familiarity with the latest scholarship and a shrewd, practical sense of what works in teaching makes this collection a very worthwhile addition to course reading lists."

John Corner
University of Liverpool, UK

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