Media Journal Reading and Writing about Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 0205274838
ISBN-13: 9780205274833
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
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Description: There is a major distinction between those who absorb media images as spectators, and those who absorb them as commentators. Responding to images as a journalist, broadcaster, essayist, or critic, requires keen precision and a unique originality. In  More...

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List price: $95.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/14/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 525
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.28" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

There is a major distinction between those who absorb media images as spectators, and those who absorb them as commentators. Responding to images as a journalist, broadcaster, essayist, or critic, requires keen precision and a unique originality. In today's media-saturated environment, the only way to be heard over the din of all the other news reports and commentaries is to write and respond in a manner that is fresh and inviting. MEDIA JOURNAL is a reader containing 40 selections focusing on cultural studies, the media and popular culture. The authors have organized the book by asking readers to do three things: to keep media journals in which they reflect on the uses they make of the voices and images of popular culture, to read and respond to the work of other media critics, and to try their hands at writing media criticism themselves. Readings are drawn from a wide range of writings, and are selected for their liveliness, contemporaneity, and insight. Updated readings better address the diverse media culture of the 1990s. Each reading selection is followed by: "Coming to Terms"--understanding the author in one's own words; "Reading as a Writer"--looking at style and strategy; and "Writing Criticism"--making an author's words and ideas a source for one's own writing. Journalists, writers, cultural historians, critics, philosophers, and anyone interested in popular culture, the media, and cultural studies.

Indicates selections new to this edition
Media Journal Assignments
A Day in the Life
Keeping in Touch
Escaping
Identifying with Music
Connecting with Celebrities
Reading Places
Interpreting Technologies
Forming a Style
Seeing Gender
Discovering Politics
Feeling Hyped
Watching TV Watching
Readings
I Saw God and/or Tangerine Dream, Lester Bangs
Imaginary Social Relationships, John Caughey
Is Anything for Real?
Travis Charbeneau
Ideal Homes, Rosalind Coward
Visions of Black-White Friendship, Benjamin DeMott
Blue Jeans, Umberto Eco
Playboy Joins the Battle of the Sexes, Barbara Ehrenreich
Wrestling with Myself, George Felton
* Confessions of a TV Talk Show Shrink, Stuart Fischoff
Movies and History, Eric Foner and John Sayles
Grieving for the Camera, Neal Gabler
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Pop Goes the Culture, William Grimes
The Conformity of Office Zaniness, Daniel Harris
The Importance of Being Oprah, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
* Happy [ ] Day to You, Gerri Hirshey
*The Internet Is Four Inches Tall, M
Kadi
The Malling of America: An Inside Look at the Great Consumer Paradise, William Severini Kowinski
About a Salary or Reality?
Rap's Recurrent Conflict, Alan Light
Understanding Television, David Marc
Fortunate Son, Dave Marsh
Life in the Stone Age, Louis Menand
19-Inch Neighborhood, Joshua Meyrowitz
Walter's Theater of Revenge, Mark Crispin Miller
Watching, Alexander Nehamas
The Home Magazine Kitchen, Donald Norman
Peek-a-Boo World, Neil Postman
the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature, Janice A. Radway. *Trend-Spotting: It's All the Rage, Edward Rothstein
Why Is the Force Still with Us? John Seabrook
Tales from the Cutting Room Floor, Debra Seagal
Street Corners in Cyberspace, Andrew L. Shapiro
Lies and Advertising, Gloria Steinem
Machine in the Kitchen, John Thorne
Weight That Women Carry, Sallie Tisdale
This Is a Naked Lady, Gerard Van Der Leun
Denim Downsize, Jay Weiser
Michael Jordan Leaps the Great Divide
Projects In Criticism
A Media Autobiography
The Meanings of News
Critics, Fans, and Writing
The Process of Viewing a Movie
Naming and Interpreting a Genre
The Media Generation(s)
Toward a Theory of Watching TV

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