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Media Debates Great Issues for the Digital Age

ISBN-10: 0495001813
ISBN-13: 9780495001812
Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)
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Description: MEDIA DEBATES presents 20 issues specific to the interplay of media and society. After a thoughtful introduction to the issue in that chapter, each author takes a pro or con position to debate the contested topic. Dennis and Merrill provide a  More...

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Book details

List price: $149.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 261
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

MEDIA DEBATES presents 20 issues specific to the interplay of media and society. After a thoughtful introduction to the issue in that chapter, each author takes a pro or con position to debate the contested topic. Dennis and Merrill provide a context for students to think critically about key media topics and their impact on society by providing a balanced range of timeless and current issues in this unique format.

Preface
About the Authors
Introduction
Freedom of the Press
Challenge--Dennis: Press freedom is not a settled issue
Response--Merrill: Press freedom is mostly a settled issue
Media-Government Relationship
Challenge--Merrill: The media and government should not be adversaries
Response--Dennis: The media and government should be adversaries
Concentration of Media Ownership
Challenge--Dennis: The new concentration of media ownership ultimately benefits the public
Response--Merrill: Concentration of ownership is dangerous for people and society
Media and the Public Trust
Challenge--Merrill: The media exist mainly to make profits
Response--Dennis: The media must serve the public interest to maintain credibility and make profits
The Right to Know
Challenge--Dennis: There is no right to know
Response--Merrill: There is a right to know
Media Bias and Political Leanings
Challenge--Merrill: The news media are not biased
Response--Merrill: The news media are biased
Media and Elections
Challenge--Merrill: The media cover, but don't control elections
Response--Dennis: The media influence--and often control--elections
Public Opinion and the Polls
Challenge--Dennis: The media structure and shape public opinion through polls
Response--Merrill: Polls in the media mainly report on public sentiment
The Broadband Revolution
Challenge--Dennis: The broadband revolution blurs and corrupts media and media content
Response--Merrill: The broadband revolution advances individual communication and challenges media and media content to improve
The Internet and New Media
Challenge--Merrill: The Internet and new media are debasing journalism
Response--Dennis: The Internet and new media are strengthening journalism
Deciding What Is News
Challenge--Dennis: Market forces, not editors' judgments, should decide what is news
Response--Merrill: Editors' judgments, not market forces, should decide what is news
Journalistic Objectivity
Challenge--Merrill: Journalistic objectivity is not possible
Response--Dennis: Journalistic objectivity is possible
Civic/Public Journalism
Challenge--Merrill: Civic or public journalism is a healthy trend for the media
Response--Dennis: Civic or public journalism is an unhealthy trend for the media
Journalistic Ethics
Challenge--Merrill: Journalists are essentially unethical
Response--Dennis: Journalists are essentially ethical
Race and Ethnicity
Challenge--Dennis: Diversity needs rethinking and reassessment
Response--Merrill: Diversity does not need rethinking and reassessment
Advertising
Challenge--Merrill: Advertising is a negative social force
Response--Dennis: Advertising is a positive social force
Public Relations
Challenge--Dennis: Public relations manipulates the news
Response--Merrill: Public relations provides an essential news service
Journalism Is a Profession
Challenge--Merrill: Journalism is not a profession
Response--Dennis: Journalism is a profession
Globalism and the Media
Challenge--Dennis: Globalism greatly benefits people, the media and freedom of expression
Response--Merrill: Globalism harms national and local media thus impairing freedom of expression
Media Debates Digitology
Index

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