Media Studies

Media Studies

So how do we begin to understand today's all-embracing media culture? In this book, all the key issues and debates in media studies are covered in a lively and accessible style.

Author: Dan Laughey

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842434062

Category: Study Aids

Page: 160

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You've got TV, internet, phone, radio, movies, music, magazines and newspapers -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Unless we live on a desert island, there is no escape from media communications of one sort or another. So how do we begin to understand today's all-embracing media culture? In this book, all the key issues and debates in media studies are covered in a lively and accessible style. You will learn about the main features of global media corporations, and approaches to the study of media effects, consumer power, celebrity, journalism and new media. From surveillance to simulation, genre to gender, political economy to the postmodern, the reader will be guided through a matrix of intellectual endeavour on all media matters. Whether you are a student, researcher, practitioner or just someone with a general interest, Media Studies will serve as a handy reference guide on your journey through this complex but fascinating subject.
Categories: Study Aids

Media Theories and Approaches

Media Theories and Approaches

This is a manageable introduction to all the theories and approaches that make up media studies. The book is accompanied by extensive textual and online resources to give readers guidance at every step.

Author: Mark Balnaves

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137094926

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 169

This is a manageable introduction to all the theories and approaches that make up media studies. The book is accompanied by extensive textual and online resources to give readers guidance at every step. Offering a truly global approach, this is a cutting edge text for today's students seeking to understand worldwide media, past and present.
Categories: Social Science

Media Studies Institutions theories and issues

Media Studies  Institutions  theories  and issues

With this guide media students learn the history of the media and learn how to keep up with the latest trends and developments in broadcasting, printed press, and film.

Author: Pieter Jacobus Fourie

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 0702156558

Category: Social Science

Page: 638

View: 349

This outcomes-based textbook provides comprehensive information on the makeup of media institutions, theories in media studies, and critical issues that face the media today. With this guide media students learn the history of the media and learn how to keep up with the latest trends and developments in broadcasting, printed press, and film. Outlined is how to develop an internal media policy with company mission statements, news, and programming policies. The relationship of the media to the economy, politics, and society and how the media represents race, gender, violence, and terrorism are also discussed.
Categories: Social Science

Reading Media Theory

Reading Media Theory

This groundbreaking volume – part reader, part textbook - helps you to engage thoroughly with some of the major voices that have come to define the landscape of theory in media studies, from the public sphere to postmodernism, from mass ...

Author: Brett Mills

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317860488

Category: Social Science

Page: 704

View: 751

What does the Frankfurt School have to say about the creative industries? Does the spread of Google prove we now live in an information society? How is Madonna an example of postmodernism? How new is new media? Does the power of Facebook mean we're all media makers now? This groundbreaking volume – part reader, part textbook - helps you to engage thoroughly with some of the major voices that have come to define the landscape of theory in media studies, from the public sphere to postmodernism, from mass communication theory to media effects, from production to reception and beyond. But much more than this, by providing assistance and questions directly alongside the readings, it crucially helps you develop the skills necessary to become a critical, informed and analytical reader. Each reading is supported on the facing page by author annotations which provide comments, dissect the arguments, explain key ideas and terminology, make references to other relevant material, and pose questions that emerge from the text. Key features: Opening chapters: ‘What is theory?’ and ‘What is reading?’ bring alive the importance of both as key parts of media scholarship Pre-reading: substantial Introductory sections set each text and its author in context and show the relevance of the reading to contemporary culture Post-reading: Reflection sections summarise each reading’s key points and suggests further areas to explore and think about 4 types of annotations help you engage with the reading – context, content, structure, and writing style .... as well as questions to provoke further thought Split into 4 sections – Reading theory, Key thinkers and schools, Approaches and Media Theory in context New to the second edition: New chapters on New Media, and Audiences as Producers Reading Media Theory will assist you in developing close-reading and analytic skills. It will also increase your ability to outline key theories and debates, assess different case studies critically, link theoretical approaches to a particular historical context, and to structure and present an argument. As such, it will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of media studies, cultural studies, communication studies, the sociology of the media, popular culture and other related subjects.
Categories: Social Science

Media Studies Media history media and society

Media Studies  Media history  media and society

The goal is to understand the structures involved and the human agency in
influencing these structures . Our understanding ( s ) of the media and its
structural relationships evolve from a number of theoretical perspectives or
approaches .

Author: Pieter Jacobus Fourie

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 0702176923

Category: Social Science

Page: 436

View: 497

While examining exactly who owns the media and who produces the media, this text manages to encompass the systematic, critical, and analytical media in all its forms and concludes that the media is one of the most important generators and disseminators of meaning in contemporary society. Investigating the power relationships between the media and politics, culture, economy, society, and above all, democracy, this resource is well-suited for anyone with an interest in the modern role of media in society.
Categories: Social Science

Applying the Actor Network Theory in Media Studies

Applying the Actor Network Theory in Media Studies

Applying the Actor-Network Theory in Media Studies applies this novel approach to media studies.

Author: Spöhrer, Markus

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781522506171

Category: Social Science

Page: 315

View: 992

Actor-Network Theory (ANT), originally a social theory, seeks to organize objects and non-human entities into social networks. Its most innovative claim approaches these networks outside the anthropocentric view, including both humans and non-human objects as active participants in a social context; because of this, the theory has applications in a myriad of domains, not merely in the social sciences. Applying the Actor-Network Theory in Media Studies applies this novel approach to media studies. This publication responds to the current trends in international media studies by presenting ANT as the new theoretical paradigm through which meaningful discussion and analysis of the media, its production, and its social and cultural effects. Featuring both case studies and theoretical and methodical meditations, this timely publication thoroughly considers the possibilities of these disparate, yet divergent fields. This book is intended for use by researchers, students, sociologists, and media analysts concerned with contemporary media studies.
Categories: Social Science

Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research

Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research

Overall, the book illustrates how the politics of gender operate within the current media landscapes and how feminist theorizing shapes academic inquiry of these landscapes.

Author: Dustin Harp

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319908380

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research tackles the breadth and depth of feminist perspectives in the field of media studies through essays and research that reflect on the present and future of feminist research and theory at the intersections of women, gender, media, activism, and academia. The volume includes original chapters on diverse topics illustrating where theorization and research currently stand with regard to the politics of gender and media, what work is being done in feminist theory, and how feminist scholarship can contribute to our understanding of gender as a mediated experience with implications for our contemporary global society. It opens for discussion how the research, theory, and interventions challenge concepts of gender in mediated discourses and practices and how these fit into the evolving state of contemporary feminisms. Contributors engage with discussions about contemporary feminisms as they are understood in media theory and research, particularly in a field that has changed rapidly in the last decades with digital communication tools and through cross-disciplinary work. Overall, the book illustrates how the politics of gender operate within the current media landscapes and how feminist theorizing shapes academic inquiry of these landscapes.
Categories: Social Science

Media cultural Studies

Media cultural Studies

The lively articles show that media/cultural studies is an exciting and relevant arena, and this text should enable students and citizens to become informed readers and critics of their culture and society.

Author: Rhonda Hammer

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820495263

Category: Social Science

Page: 644

View: 283

This anthology is designed to assist teachers and students in learning how to better understand and interpret our common culture and everyday life. With a focus on contemporary media, consumer, and digital culture, this book combines classic and original writings by both leading and rising scholars in the field. The chapters present key theories, concepts, and methodologies of critical cultural and media studies, as well as cutting-edge research into new media. Sections on teaching media/cultural studies and concrete case studies provide practical examples that illuminate contemporary culture, ranging from new forms of digital media and consumer culture to artifacts from TV and film, including Barbie and Big Macs, soap operas, Talk TV, Facebook, and YouTube. The lively articles show that media/cultural studies is an exciting and relevant arena, and this text should enable students and citizens to become informed readers and critics of their culture and society.
Categories: Social Science

Media Studies

Media Studies

"Media Studies: Critical African and Decolonial Approaches provides an introduction in key concepts and theories in the study of media, culture and communication from a decolonial perspective.

Author: Sarah Chiumbu

Publisher:

ISBN: 0190443537

Category: Mass media

Page: 340

View: 105

"Media Studies: Critical African and Decolonial Approaches provides an introduction in key concepts and theories in the study of media, culture and communication from a decolonial perspective. It challenges the key theories and concepts that have shaped and defined the fields of media, communications and cultural studies globally. It also introduces canonical approaches to the study of media, communication and culture while simultaneously presenting post-colonial, de-colonial and global south approaches to those canons."--Provided by Publisher.
Categories: Mass media

Reading Media Theory

Reading Media Theory

This groundbreaking volume - part reader, part textbook - helps you to engage thoroughly with some of the major voices that have come to define the landscape of theory in media studies, from the public sphere to postmodernism, from mass ...

Author: David M. Barlow

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: UOM:49015003442473

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 721

View: 100

This unique part reader, part textbook brings core primary media theory readings to the student whilst assisting them with reading, understanding, decoding and deconstructing the material. The dual functionality of the book helps students to familiarise themselves with core texts and develop the necessary critical reading skills and confidence required to engage with the subject. The text is annotated throughout and explores context, content, structure and writing style in order to bring theory to life for the reader. The book is split into four sections, namely Reading theory, Key thinkers and schools, Approaches and Media Theory in context. This structure is adopted in order to encourage students to familiarise themselves with the material, and the progressive pedagogical apparatus guides them to approach it gradually whilst developing their skill set. The provision of questions to prokove further thought helps to encourage the student to read more widely around the subject and engage with core concepts of both theory and learning. Ultimately the text acts as a ‘how to read’ handbook for media theory and is structured so that students can learn the literature as well as learning how to approach it.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Theories of Communication

Theories of Communication

The book summarizes clearly and methodically the range of existing theories; explains how and why the diverse currents and schools of thought emerged; and contextualizes all the major approaches, including those of cultural studies and ...

Author: Armand Mattelart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446232441

Category: Communication

Page: 192

View: 636

This textbook provides students with a concise introduction to the development of communication theory. Written in an engaging style, it offers an account of the development of all the major theoretical approaches in communication and media studies. The book summarizes clearly and methodically the range of existing theories; explains how and why the diverse currents and schools of thought emerged; and contextualizes all the major approaches, including those of cultural studies and political economy, in their historical, social and intellectual setting. Theories of Communication is an essential text for all students of media, communication and cultural studies. It will also be welcomed by anyone seeking to understand the changes that have accompanied the rise of the so-called information society'.
Categories: Communication

Feminist Media Studies

Feminist Media Studies

The text initially outlines some major themes in feminist media studies and the ways in which they offer specific models for understanding the media.

Author: Liesbet van Zoonen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446240002

Category: Feminist criticism

Page: 208

View: 529

Feminists have long recognized the significance of the media as a site for the expression of - or challenges to - existing constructions of gender. In this broad-ranging analysis, Liesbet van Zoonen explores the ways in which feminist theory and research contribute to the fuller understanding of the multiple roles of the media in the construction of gender in contemporary societies. The text initially outlines some major themes in feminist media studies and the ways in which they offer specific models for understanding the media. The author goes on to examine the key questions posed by a gendered approach within communication and cultural studies. Issues explored include: theories of transmission, representation, construction and discourse; the structures of media organization and production; the analysis of media representations through content analysis and semiotics; the contradictions of the gendered image as spectacle; new approaches to understanding the audience and the politics of media reception; and the potential of feminist and interpretive research strategies.
Categories: Feminist criticism

Media Studies Content audiences and production

Media Studies  Content  audiences  and production

The second volume of a two-part, outcomes-based series in media studies. It includes theoretical approaches as well as a production section that focuses on basic techniques.

Author: Pieter Jacobus Fourie

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 0702156566

Category: Social Science

Page: 588

View: 939

The second volume of a two-part, outcomes-based series in media studies. It includes theoretical approaches as well as a production section that focuses on basic techniques.
Categories: Social Science

The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies

Media Studies is here to stay and scholars in the discipline have a vital contribution to make. The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies surveys and evaluates the theories, practices, and future of the field.

Author: John D. H. Downing

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452206646

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 640

View: 610

The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies examines the theories, practices, and future of this fast-growing field. Editor John Downing and associate editors Denis McQuail, Philip Schlesinger, and Ellen Wartella have brought together a team of international contributors to provide a varied critical analysis of this intensely interesting field of study. The Handbook offers a comprehensive review within five interconnected areas: humanistic and social scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and elements in the media mosaic ranging from popular music to digital technologies, from media ethics to advertising, and from Hollywood and Bollywood to alternative media.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Media Studies

Media Studies

From outlining what media studies is to encouraging active engagement in research and analysis, this book advocates media study as a participatory process and provides a framework and set of skills to help you develop critical thinking.

Author: Paul Long

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317860778

Category: Social Science

Page: 536

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Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive introduction to the various approaches in the field. From outlining what media studies is to encouraging active engagement in research and analysis, this book advocates media study as a participatory process and provides a framework and set of skills to help you develop critical thinking. Updated to reflect the changing media environment, Media Studies retains the highly praised approach and style of the first edition. Key Features: Five sections - media texts and meanings; producing media; media audiences; media and social contexts; histography - examine approaches to the field including new and web media, traditional print and broadcast media, popular music, computer games, photography, and film. An international perspective allows you to view media in a global context. Examines media audiences as consumers, listeners, readerships and members of communities. Guidance on analytical tools - language, a range of theories and analytical techniques - to give you the confidence to navigate, research and make sense of the field. New for the second edition: New case studies including Google, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, the life of a freelance journalist, phone hacking at News International, and collaborative journalism. 'New Media, New Media Studies' is an additional feature, which brings into focus ways of thinking about new media forms. Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context, 2nd Edition will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of media studies, cultural studies, communication studies, film studies, the sociology of the media, popular culture and other related subjects.
Categories: Social Science

AS Media Studies

AS Media Studies

The rationale for this approach is to move from the key approaches which provide
media studies with its theoretical underpinning to then testing how these theories
can be applied to contemporary media texts. This idea of testing the theory is ...

Author: Antony Bateman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136706448

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 716

This full colour, highly illustrated textbook is designed to support students through their WJEC AS in Media Studies. Individual chapters cover the following key areas: Textual Analysis: Visual, Technical and Audio codes Textual Analysis: Narrative and Genre Codes Approaches to Representation Approaches to Audience Response Case Studies on Representation and Audience: Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Identity, Events and Issues Passing MS1: Media Representations and Receptions Production Work, Evaluation and report Specially designed to be user-friendly, AS Media Studies: The Essential Introduction for WJEC includes activities, key terms, case studies and sample exam questions. It introduces the course, tackles useful approaches to study, key content covered in the specification, and guides the student in approaching and planning the exam and production work through analysis, prompts and activities.
Categories: Social Science

Feminist Media Studies

Feminist Media Studies

By engaging with research from a diverse body of scholarship, this book situates feminist media studies as vital to researching and analysing a range of significant issues.

Author: Alison Harvey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509524501

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Feminist Media Studies investigates the core theories, methods, and approaches in a field that has blossomed over the past twenty-five years. Alison Harvey provides an accessible introduction to classical and contemporary issues in media culture by exploring the past, present, and future of feminist media studies. She does this in the context of the various challenges that have arisen with changes in the media landscape, from new media technologies and globalized media systems to emergent inequalities, discourses, and practices. By engaging with research from a diverse body of scholarship, this book situates feminist media studies as vital to researching and analysing a range of timely and significant issues across disciplines. Taking a global, intersectional view of gendered practices in and around the media, Feminist Media Studies provides a framework for feminist critique and action. It is essential reading for students and scholars across a range of social science and humanities fields.
Categories: Social Science

Mass Communication Theory

Mass Communication Theory

McQuail's extensive references will guide anyone interested in mass communication to the key work in the field.

Author: Denis McQuail

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

ISBN: UOM:39015005093060

Category: Mass media

Page: 245

View: 872

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.
Categories: Mass media

Introducing Cultural and Media Studies

Introducing Cultural and Media Studies

The layout of the text supports alternative pathways through the material, however. Written principally with the undergraduate student reader in mind, this is the essential research tool for students and lecturers.

Author: Tony Thwaites

Publisher: Red Globe Press

ISBN: 0333972481

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This core textbook offers a concise, direct and easy-to-use introduction to how semiotics can be employed to understand culture. It adopts a practical and versatile approach to cultural analysis, beginning not with an abstract body of theory but with a number of examples of social sign use which are examined critically using basic semiotic terms and concepts to build up the reader’s analytic vocabulary in a practical way. This book is designed to be read in several ways. First of all, it offers a structured approach to its subject with successive chapters reconsidering and building upon issues raised in earlier chapters. The layout of the text supports alternative pathways through the material, however. Written principally with the undergraduate student reader in mind, this is the essential research tool for students and lecturers. It is the ideal international starting-point for a very wide range of courses both in cultural and media studies and related subjects such as film studies, literature and sociology.
Categories: Social Science

Media Reception Studies

Media Reception Studies

Media Reception Studies broadly surveys the past century of scholarship on the ways in which audiences make meaning out of mass media.

Author: Janet Staiger

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814781357

Category: Social Science

Page: 251

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Media Reception Studies broadly surveys the past century of scholarship on the ways in which audiences make meaning out of mass media. It synthesizes in plain language social scientific, linguistic, and cultural studies approaches to film and television as communication media. Janet Staiger traverses a broad terrain, covering the Chicago School, early psychological approaches, Soviet theory, the Frankfurt School, mass communication research and critical theory, linguistics and semiotic theory, social-psychoanalytical research, cognitive psychology, and cultural studies. She offers these theories as a set of tools for understanding the complex relationships between films and their audiences, TV shows and their viewers. She explains such questions as the behavior of fans; the implications of gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity with regard to the media; the effect of violence, horror, and sexually explicit images on viewers; and the place of memory in spectatorship. Providing an organized and lucid introduction to a staggering amount of work, Media Reception Studies is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in understanding the effects of mass media.
Categories: Social Science