Language Arts & Disciplines

Perspectives on Mass Communication History

Author: Wm. David Sloan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 392

View: 758

This unique volume is based on the philosophy that the teaching of history should emphasize critical thinking and attempt to involve the student intellectually, rather than simply provide names, dates, and places to memorize. The book approaches history not as a cut-and-dried recitation of a collection of facts but as multifaceted discipline. In examining the various perspectives historians have provided, the author brings a vitality to the study of history that students normally do not gain. The text is comprised of 24 historiographical essays, each of which discusses the major interpretations of a significant topic in mass communication history. Students are challenged to evaluate each approach critically and to develop their own explanations. As a textbook designed specifically for use in graduate level communication history courses, it should serve as a stimulating pedagogical tool.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Perspectives on Mass Communication History

Author: William David Sloan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 379

View: 548

This unique volume is based on the philosophy that the teaching of history should emphasize critical thinking and attempt to involve the student intellectually, rather than simply provide names, dates, and places to memorize. The book approaches history not as a cut-and-dried recitation of a collection of facts but as multifaceted discipline. In examining the various perspectives historians have provided, the author brings a vitality to the study of history that students normally do not gain. The text is comprised of 24 historiographical essays, each of which discusses the major interpretations of a significant topic in mass communication history. Students are challenged to evaluate each approach critically and to develop their own explanations. As a textbook designed specifically for use in graduate level communication history courses, it should serve as a stimulating pedagogical tool.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Perspectives on Mass Communication History

Author: Wm. David Sloan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 392

View: 427

This unique volume is based on the philosophy that the teaching of history should emphasize critical thinking and attempt to involve the student intellectually, rather than simply provide names, dates, and places to memorize. The book approaches history not as a cut-and-dried recitation of a collection of facts but as multifaceted discipline. In examining the various perspectives historians have provided, the author brings a vitality to the study of history that students normally do not gain. The text is comprised of 24 historiographical essays, each of which discusses the major interpretations of a significant topic in mass communication history. Students are challenged to evaluate each approach critically and to develop their own explanations. As a textbook designed specifically for use in graduate level communication history courses, it should serve as a stimulating pedagogical tool.
Social Science

Ruthless Criticism

Author: William Samuel Solomon

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 389

View: 282

Ruthless Criticism was first published in 1993. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Ruthless Criticism offers perspectives and subjects largely outside traditional historiography. It broadens the concept of media history to include lesser-studied media, and offers alternative interpretations of traditional media. This anthology of original research includes an array of scholarly and theoretical perspectives. Each addresses specific topic within a specific era. reflecting the diversity of U.S. mass media. Solomon and McChesney begin by using critical theory and deconstruction to examine the meanings of print in the colonial era. Subsequent chapters study the media ecology of the antebellum press; the intense focus on profits of the post-Civil War mainstream press; gender images in the labor press; the diversity of political views within the working-class press; and the development of a commercial press in the black community. The essays concerning the twentieth century focus on the rise of a culture industry and include studies on the origins of the broadcast ratings system and the commercial broadcast system and the commercial broadcast system, early television's portrayals of childhood, the televisions networks' close ties with the federal government, the government's key role in creating and developing the field of mass communication research, and teenage girls' popular culture from 1960–1968 as a formative influence on the feminist movement.
Mass media

Mass Communication Theory

Author: Denis McQuail

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

ISBN:

Category: Mass media

Page: 245

View: 397

The major textbook in communication theory. Denis McQuail provides a brisk, elegantly organized, and comprehensive overview of the ways in which mass communication has been viewed by social scientists and by practitioners. The wealth of thinking in the field; the enormous range of issues studied and questions raised; the proliferation of schools, approaches and tendencies: McQuail marshalls this welter of material into a clear, easy to follow textbook for students at all levels of communication studies. He reviews: ways in which the the mass media have been defined theories of their function and purpose views of the organizational structures and processes of mass media content analysis and the other techniques for interpreting the meaning of media content theories of what an audience is and what it does Cultivation theory, traditional sociology, classical marxism, the Frankfurt school, 'hegemony' theory, Soviet media theory, the uses and gratifications approach, development media theory, free press theory, organizational theory -- all these and much more -- are described and placed in their historical and scholarly context. McQuail's extensive references will guide anyone interested in mass communication to the key work in the field. Diagrams, a Media Theory Map, summaries, indexes and other features will further help new students to keep a hold on all the separate strands in the field. About the author: Denis McQuail is currently Professor of Mass Communication, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After graduating from Corpus Christi College, Oxford with a BA in Modern History and a Diploma in Public and Social Administration, he received a PhD in social studies from the University of Leeds. He has since been affiliated to the Television Research Unit, University of Leeds; the University of Southampton; and the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His major publications include: Television and the Political Image (with J Trenaman) 1961; Television in Politics: Its Use and Influence (with J G Blumler), 1968; Towards a Sociology of Mass Communications, 1968; Sociology of Mass Communication (editor) 1972; Communication, 1975; Review of Sociological Writing on the Press, 1976; Analysis of Newspaper Content, 1977; Communication Models for the Study of Mass Communication (with Sven Windahl), 1982. Why this textbook? Why choose this textbook for use in your courses over others that are available? McQuail has drawn on his own extensive teaching experience to make sure his book offers the following qualities and features: The frameworks: for ease of organization, McQuail arranges the theories of media effect processes, or mass media and social change in new, clarifying frameworks. He aims to present all the principal theories within a single integrative framework. Its range: McQuail's extraordinary feat of organization encompasses theories from all the principal approaches to communication from all over the world. His book will be useful in a variety of cultural and national settings. Its thoroughness: McQuail provides over 300 references to guide your students to the primary sources. Not only is each theory described, and its sources and histories plotted, but its implications and intellectual context are explored. Consensus theories are given equal weight with themore contentious, critical understandings. Controversy is faced, fairness maintained. Its currency: The most recent research is expressed in the form of theoretical propositions. New approaches are discussed that are not reviewed in other textbooks: a revision of the functional theory, the notion of emerging 'public definitions', and a revision of the 'four theories of the press'. Other unique features: A thorough review of theories of the audience. Questions of media power and normative theories of media are given a central place at various points. Professor Denis McQuail provides a thorough review of the history, structure, and processes of the mass media, and the views taken of them. The first chapter defines the terms and issues of mass media studies. It also traces the development of mass media since the first newspapers in the 17th century. McQuail notes the origins, typical forms, and applications of mass media at different times. He then provides a framework for understanding the different approaches to the study of mass media. Mass society theory, Marxist approaches of different types, message-centred theory, and theory of audience and effect are the perspectives reviewed. Chapter Three explores the ideological, political, and cultural contexts in which the mass media operates, and which define the media's functions. The institutional forms of mass communication are characterized in Chapter Four. In Chapter Five, the meaning of the information provided by the media is analyzed. Different kinds of content, such as news or fiction, are examined from different theoretical perspectives. Chapter Six describes alternative approaches to the study ofthe audience, the different aspects of audiences which they study, and the conclusions they have reached. Chapter Seven focusses on the study of the impact and effect of media. Different scientific approaches to this study are described, and the results of this research given. The final chapter looks at the lessons of mass communication study for issues of current concern such as international communication and new technological developments.
Language Arts & Disciplines

International Communication and Global News Networks

Author: Peter Putnis

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 780

This book demonstrates how the histories of empires, nations, and large business enterprises are embedded in international communication and media history. In its focus on historical case studies, it shows how the large-scale processes we associate with globalisation, such as ""time-space compression,"" work themselves out in specific local and regional contexts. It also deals with the history of news as an internationally traded commodity. Topics include: International news agencies and their business models; telegraphy and the first global financial crisis; the British Empire and its communication networks; the Spanish-American War in news agency history; Britain, India, China and news coverage of Imperial wars; European news agencies and the Associated Press of America; Canadian Press, Associated Press, and Reuters; wireless versus cable in international communication, and European--news markets and political change. The book illuminates four closely related strands of communication and media history: information economics; news agency history; communication networks and geopolitical formations and identities; and, the impact of new communications technologies.
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Media and Religion in American History

Author: William David Sloan

Publisher: Vision Press (NM)

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 293

View: 170

One of the most common misconceptions about the history of mass communication is that the media and religion have always been natural enemies. Contrary to that popular notion, religion has played a prominent role throughout the history of America's mass media. It was integral to the founding and development of the media during the formative stages, and much of the essential character of the media has religious underpinnings.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Social Theories of the Press

Author: Hanno Hardt

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 237

View: 375

A book which concentrates on the reflections of early American sociologists and their German colleagues or teachers who have contributed to the development of communication and mass communication in the US and elsewhere. It suggests that the intellectual history of the field may yield theoretical insights on the relationship between communication and advancement of society, which may in turn have consequences for the development of communication and mass communication research today. 'This is one of the more important bits of historical digging in some time...it helps to create a larger theoretical basis for historical studies in communication development.' -- Mass Media Booknotes, September 1979
Language Arts & Disciplines

The Handbook of Journalism Studies

Author: Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 472

View: 748

This Handbook charts the growing area of journalism studies, exploring the current state of theory and setting an agenda for future research in an international context. The volume is structured around theoretical and empirical approaches, and covers scholarship on news production and organizations; news content; journalism and society; and journalism in a global context. Emphasizing comparative and global perspectives, each chapter explores: Key elements, thinkers, and texts Historical context Current state of the art Methodological issues Merits and advantages of the approach/area of studies Limitations and critical issues of the approach/area of studies Directions for future research Offering broad international coverage from top-tier contributors, this volume ranks among the first publications to serve as a comprehensive resource addressing theory and scholarship in journalism studies. As such, the Handbook of Journalism Studies is a must-have resource for scholars and graduate students working in journalism, media studies, and communication around the globe.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Public Communication in the European Union

Author: Chiara Valentini

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 440

View: 520

This book is a collection of essays that analyse and discuss EU information and communication policies and activities towards, with, by different publics developed both by the EU institutions at the European, national and local levels and by public organizations and civil society actors. Throughout six thematic parts, the authors examine from different theoretical perspectives (political communication, journalism, public relations and public diplomacy, political science, and cultural studies) and reflect on what it means for the European Union to communicate in multi-national and multi-cultural settings. The originality and strength of this book stand on the capacity to discuss EU communication policies, strategies and actions in their diverse features and, at the same time, to have a clear general picture of the role and function that communication has within the European Union’s governance. The combination of different theoretical frameworks with the latest empirical research findings makes this book a fresh and fascinated collection of insights of what the European Union can achieve with strategic communications.
Social Science

Women and Media

Author: Cynthia M. Lont

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 415

View: 296

This text examines women's roles and impact in newspapers, women's magazines, advertising, television entertainment, television news, film, rock music and music television. Each unit opens with a brief discussion of the history, portrayal, and employment of women in a specific medium, followed by three essays: a content analysis that quantifies the role(s) of women in that medium, a descriptive history of a specific woman or women's media group that has affected the medium and a critical essay that challenges readers to think about women and media in new and different ways. The text intertwines various perspectives throughout its chapters; women as news, women as newsmakers, and the portrayal of women to give an integrative approach to the study of women and media.
Communication

Communication Research

Author: Rebecca B. Rubin

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Communication

Page: 353

View: 597

This thoroughly updated edition presents strategies for selecting, refining, and researching communication topics, placing special emphasis on using library resources to search for literature and demystifying the research process by teaching students library skills, scholarly writing, and providing them with a list of bibliographic sources.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Refiguring Mass Communication

Author: Peter Simonson

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 261

View: 946

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American periodicals.

The American Magazine

Author: David Abrahamson

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN:

Category: American periodicals.

Page: 240

View: 200

A collection of 17 research reviews and original articles by scholars of the American magazine. It covers perspectives on magazine research; professional issues in magazine publishing; pedagogical and curricular perspectives; global and local issues; and a survey of magazines as literature.