Issues in Media Selections from Cq Researcher

ISBN-10: 0872899950
ISBN-13: 9780872899957
Edition: 2008 (Revised)
Authors: CQ Press Staff
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Description: Will the Internet kill television? Does indecency over the airwaves undermine American society? Is the U.S. media industry too consolidated? These are just a sampling of the important, provocative questions in this new reader, sure to lay needed  More...

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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 7/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Will the Internet kill television? Does indecency over the airwaves undermine American society? Is the U.S. media industry too consolidated? These are just a sampling of the important, provocative questions in this new reader, sure to lay needed groundwork and spark lively classroom discussion.For current coverage of controversial and important issues centering on media, offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews, and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for over eighty years. This ideal supplement allows students to see an issue—be it Media Bias, the Rise of Blogs, or The Future of Newspapers—from all sides while giving them a window into the linkages between media, culture, business, and politics. In addition, useful pedagogical features—pro/con pieces, graphs, tables, photos, suggested readings, and bibliographies—advance critical thinking and help in study and review.Package Issues in Media with Ralph Hanson's Mass Communication.

Annotated Contents
Preface
Contributors
Media and Culture
Broadcast Indecency
Does indecency over the airwaves undermine American society?
Does the FCC have sufficient authority to punish broadcasters for indecency?
Should the FCC regulate cable television?
Background
Early TV Taboos
The Cable Challenge
Shock Jocks
Current Situation
Raising Fines
Media Consolidation
Outlook: Political Posturing
Notes
Bibliography
Blog Explosion
Should policymakers be influenced by political blogs?
Should blogs tone down their political rhetoric?
Should bloggers have the same rights and privileges as reporters?
Background
Before Blogs
Birth of Blogs
Power of Blogs
Current Situation
Gaining Respect
Blogging at Work
Outlook: "Starting Discussions"
Notes
Bibliography
Cyber Socializing
Is cyberspace more dangerous than real space?
Should schools and public libraries block access to social-networking sites?
Does Internet social networking foster good relationships?
Background
Wired Love
Six Degrees
Techno Kids
Background Checks
Current Situation
Big Brother
Safety First
Outlook: Here to Stay
Notes
Bibliography
Free-Press Disputes
Should judges jail reporters for refusing to disclose confidential sources?
Should courts issue "gag" orders to limit publicity in high-profile cases?
Background
Freedom of the Press
Press Privileges
Press Complaints
Current Situation
A String of Losses
Media's Losing Streak
Civil Matters
Outlook
Notes
Bibliography
Video Games
Does playing video games improve literacy?
Are video games addictive?
Do video games prepare young people for the future job market?
Background
Pinball Precursor
Equity Gap?
Gender Gap Narrows
Current Situation
Big Business
Social Networking
Libraries Log On
Saying Less?
Outlook: Testing the Hypothesis
Notes
Bibliography
The Economics of Media
Media Ownership
Is the U.S. media industry too consolidated?
Did the FCC loosen its media-ownership rules too much?
Should Congress reimpose rules limiting television networks' ownership of programming?
Background
Regulating the Airwaves
Deregulation Begins
Complaints Increase
New Media Landscape
Current Situation
TV Industry Split
Reaction to Rules
Chairmen Under Fire
Cable Debate
Outlook: More Mergers?
Notes
Bibliography
Media Bias
Is the news audience fracturing along partisan lines?
Does having more news outlets mean the public is better informed?
Has the press been sufficiently skeptical in its coverage of Iraq?
Background
Revolutionary Change
Electronic Media
Tabloid Culture
Current Situation
Merger Mania
Blurring the Lines
Outlook: Abandon Objectivity?
Notes
Bibliography
Controlling the Internet
Is the global Internet in danger of being dismantled?
Should telephone and cable companies be allowed to control the Internet?
Should local governments be allowed to provide broadband Internet service?
Background
Born in the USA
Battle of the Band
Current Situation
Fighting for the Net
Whither ICANN?
Outlook: Wireless Is "Happening"
Notes
Bibliography
Advertising Overload
Will the new spam-control law work?
Have existing limits on tobacco advertising worked?
Are tougher limits needed on advertising to children?
Background
Protecting the Public
Commercial Speech
Gagging Telemarketers
Current Situation
Protecting Kids?
New Ad Avenues
Outlook: Schools Targeted
Notes
Bibliography
The Future of Media
Future of Newspapers
Is the newspaper industry in financial jeopardy?
Will newspapers succeed online?
Can newspapers attract more younger readers?
Background
Growing the Press
Going Public
Going Online
Current Situation
Shrinking the Newsroom
Looking for Readers
Outlook: Going Private?
Notes
Bibliography
Future of Television
Will the Internet kill television?
Will television remain a viable medium for advertisers?
Are scripted TV shows obsolete?
Background
Early TV
Cable and Video
Regulating Competition
Current Situation
Policy Debates
All-You-Can-Eat TV
Outlook: Shifting Landscape
Notes
Bibliography
Future of the Music Industry
Can the music industry recover its profitability through lawsuits?
Is music overpriced?
Will compact discs become obsolete?
Background
Same Old Tune
Post-war Changes
The Digital Age
RIAA in Court
Current Situation
Policing the Internet
Legislation Battles
Entering the Digital Age
Outlook
Notes
Bibliography

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