The Contradictions of Media Power

The Contradictions of Media Power

media. power. I now want to identify four paradigms – of consensus, chaos, control and contradiction – within which these dimensions of media power co-exist but where each theorizes the play of media power in quite different ways.

Author: Des Freedman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472589835

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Media power is a crucial, although often taken for granted, concept. We assume, for example, that the media are 'powerful'; if they were not, why would there be so many controversies over the regulation, control and impact of communicative institutions and processes? Further, we assume that this 'power' is somehow problematic; audiences are often treated as highly susceptible to media influence and too much 'power' in the hands of one organization or individual is seen as risky and potentially dangerous. These concerns have been at the heart of recent controversies involving the relationships between media moguls and political elites, the consequences of phone hacking in the UK, and the emerging influence of social media as vital gatekeepers. Yet it is still not clear what we mean by media power or how effective it is. This book evaluates contrasting definitions of media power and looks at the key sites in which power is negotiated, concentrated and resisted - politically, technologically and economically. Combining an evaluation of both previous literature and new research, the book seeks to establish an understanding of media power which does justice to the complexities and contradictions of the contemporary social world. It will be important reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and activists alike.
Categories: Social Science

Racism and Media

Racism and Media

attempting to undermine the commodification of 'Trayvon Martin', her theory of media power is less Debord's treatise on mass delusion than Freedman's fourth paradigm, that of contradiction. The media system, Freedman argues, ...

Author: Gavan Titley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526422095

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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New media have radically altered our understanding of racism, so that an issue that has too often been assumed to belong to the past has been thrust into the contemporary mainstream. In light of the clear impact of both traditional and new media on Brexit in the UK and the Trump Presidency in the US, it is imperative for students of media and public discourse to examine the role played by the media in the generation, circulation and contestation of racist ideas. In Racism and Media, Gavan Titley: Explains why racism is such a complex and contested concept Provides a set of theoretical and analytical tools with which to interrogate the empirical world of racism and media Demonstrates methods’ application through a wide range of case studies, taking in examples from the UK, US, Europe and Australia Examines the rise and impact of online and social media racism Invites readers to confront tensions in their own experiences of racism and media This book is an essential companion for students of media, communications, sociology and cultural studies.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Media Capitalism

Media Capitalism

The contradictions of media power, London: Bloomsbury, p. 12. 188. Dilenschneider, R L. 1990. Power and influence: mastering the art of persuasion, London: Prentice-Hall, p. 109; cf. Smythe, D. W. 1977. Communications: blindspot of ...

Author: Thomas Klikauer

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030879587

Category: Social Science

Page: 507

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This book argues that media and capitalism no longer exist as separated entities, and posits three reasons why one can no longer exist without the other. Firstly, mass media have become indispensable to capitalism due to the media’s ability to sell the commodities of mass consumerism. Media capitalism also creates pro-capital attitudes among a target population and establishes an ideological hegemony. Thirdly, media capitalism provides mass deception to hide the pathologies of capitalism, which include mass poverty, rising inequalities, and the acceleration of global warming. To illuminate this, the book’s historical chapter traces the emergence of media capitalism. Its subsequent chapters show how media capitalism has infiltrated the public sphere, society, schools, universities, the world of work and finally, democracy. The book concludes by outlining how societies can transition from media capitalism to a post-media- capitalist society.
Categories: Social Science

Race Culture and Media

Race  Culture and Media

For a deeper understanding of media power from a critical political economy perspective, The Contradiction of Media Power by Des Freedman (2014), Critical Political Economy of the Media: An Introduction by Jonathan Hardy (2014) and ...

Author: Anamik Saha

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526479167

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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How do media ‘make’ race? How do legacies of empire shape our understandings of race and media? How does racism structure the media industries? Is the internet an inherently white space? Understanding the relationship between race, culture and media has never been more important. From the demonisation of Muslims to rampant new forms of racism on digital platforms, media are central to understanding how race is both constructed and experienced in everyday life. Yet media are key to resisting racism, too. While they can silence and stereotype us, they can also enable us to cut across difference, to contest and mobilise, and to create genuine community. Race, Culture and Media is a critical, impassioned and accessible exploration of this complex relationship. Anamik Saha outlines the theories, concepts and research you need to know in order to make sense of race, culture and media today - challenging you to move beyond simplistic notions of ‘diversity’ to really engage with issues of both power and participation. It is essential reading for students and researchers across media, communication and cultural studies. Dr Anamik Saha is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the MA Race, Media and Social Justice.
Categories: Social Science

Social Media

Social Media

The contradictions of media power. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Chapter 1: Approaches to media power. James Curran's book Media and Power discusses the multidimensional character of power in capitalism and how its economic, ...

Author: Christian Fuchs

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473988248

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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"Timely new chapters on China and the 'sharing economy' of Uber and Airbnb strengthen an already vital contribution to communication studies. Through the lens of critical theory, Fuchs provides the essential text for students of our new media world." –Vincent Mosco, Queen's University, Ontario With social media changing how we use and understand everything from communication and the news to transport, more than ever it is essential to ask the right kinds of questions about the business and politics of social media. This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions and make informed judgements. This Second Edition: Lays bare the structures and power relations at the heart of our media landscape Explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb in a brand new chapter Takes us into the politics and economy of social media in China Puts forward powerful arguments for how to achieve a social media that serves the purposes of a just and fair world This book is the essential, critical guide for all students of media studies and sociology. Readers will never look at social media the same way again.
Categories: Social Science

Media and Power in International Contexts

Media and Power in International Contexts

The contradiction perspective regarding media power presents itself most clearly in this instance regarding BH – in which the paper's narrative of the arrest relied so heavily on official sources; it undermines itself once evidence from ...

Author: Apryl Williams

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781787694552

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Media and Power is sponsored by the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology (CITAMS). This volume contributes phenomenological and epistemic knowledge of the intersection of media and various forms of power, addressing the relationships between media and gender, race, ethnicity, and national identity.
Categories: Social Science

Misunderstanding the Internet

Misunderstanding the Internet

Misunderstanding the Internet is a short introduction, encompassing the history, sociology, politics and economics of the internet and its impact on society.

Author: James Curran

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317443513

Category: Computers

Page: 234

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The growth of the internet has been spectacular. There are now more than 3 billion internet users across the globe, some 40 per cent of the world’s population. The internet’s meteoric rise is a phenomenon of enormous significance for the economic, political and social life of contemporary societies. However, much popular and academic writing about the internet continues to take a celebratory view, assuming that the internet’s potential will be realised in essentially positive and transformative ways. This was especially true in the euphoric moment of the mid-1990s, when many commentators wrote about the internet with awe and wonderment. While this moment may be over, its underlying technocentrism – the belief that technology determines outcomes – lingers on and, with it, a failure to understand the internet in its social, economic and political contexts. Misunderstanding the Internet is a short introduction, encompassing the history, sociology, politics and economics of the internet and its impact on society. This expanded and updated second edition is a polemical, sociologically and historically informed guide to the key claims that have been made about the online world. It aims to challenge both popular myths and existing academic orthodoxies that surround the internet.
Categories: Computers

The Place of Media Power

The Place of Media Power

The impact of the access available at GST is not significantly to de-naturalise the media frame as a whole. ... Actual or imagined contact with 'soap stars' is again important because of the contradiction they embody: on the one hand, ...

Author: Nick Couldry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134614080

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This fascinating study focuses on an area neglected in previous studies of the media: the meetings between ordinary people and the media. Couldry explores what happens when people who normally consume the media witness media processes in action, or even become the object of media attention themselves.
Categories: Social Science

Advancing Media Production Research

Advancing Media Production Research

Franklin, B. and Carlson, M. (eds) (2011) Journalists, Sources and Credibility: New Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge). Freedman, D. (2014) The Contradictions of Media Power (London: Bloomsbury).

Author: Chris Paterson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137541949

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This anthology explores challenges to understanding the nature of cultural production, exploring innovative new research approaches and improvements to old approaches, such as newsroom ethnography, which will enable clearer, fuller understanding of the workings of journalism and other forms of media and cultural production.
Categories: Social Science

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media

The last fallacy concerns the tendency to remain uncritical with respect to the corporate nature of digital platforms, overlooking the contradictions of social media power and their implications for activist practices.

Author: Mona Baker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317215066

Category: Social Science

Page: 28

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This is the first authoritative reference work to map the multifaceted and vibrant site of citizen media research and practice, incorporating insights from across a wide range of scholarly areas. Citizen media is a fast-evolving terrain that cuts across a variety of disciplines. It explores the physical artefacts, digital content, performative interventions, practices and discursive expressions of affective sociality that ordinary citizens produce as they participate in public life to effect aesthetic or socio-political change. The seventy-seven entries featured in this pioneering resource provide a rigorous overview of extant scholarship, deliver a robust critique of key research themes and anticipate new directions for research on a variety of topics. Cross-references and recommended reading suggestions are included at the end of each entry to allow scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to identify relevant connections across diverse areas of citizen media scholarship and explore further avenues of research. Featuring contributions by leading scholars and supported by an international panel of consultant editors, the Encyclopedia is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers in media studies, social movement studies, performance studies, political science and a variety of other disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. It will also be of interest to non-academics involved in activist movements and those working to effect change in various areas of social life.
Categories: Social Science