Reading Media Theory Thinkers, Approaches and Contexts

ISBN-10: 1408285258
ISBN-13: 9781408285251
Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

This groundbreaking volume – part reader, part textbook - helps students 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 students develop the skills necessary to become a critical, informed and analytical reader.

Timeline
How to use this book
Publisher's acknowledgements
About the authors
Introduction
Reading theory
What is theory?
What is reading?
Key thinkers and schools of thought
Liberal press theory
Reading: Mill, J.S. (1997 [1859]) 'Of the liberty of thought and discussion', in Bromley, M. and O'Malley, T. (eds) A Journalism Reader, London: Routledge, pp. 22-6.
F.R. Leavis
Reading: Leavis, F.R. (1930) Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture, Cambridge: Minority Press.
The Frankfurt school
Reading: Horkheimer, M. and Adorno, T.W. (2002 [1944]) Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical fragments, translated by Jephcott, E., Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. Excerpt from Chapter 4, 'The culture industry: enlightenment as mass deception', pp. 94-8.
Harold D. Lasswell
Reading: Lasswell, H.D. (1948) 'The structure and function of communication in society', in Bryson, L. (ed.) The Communication of Ideas, New York: Harper and Brothers
The Columbia school
Reading: Lazarsfeld, P.F. and Merton, R.K. (1948) 'Mass communication, popular taste and organized social action', in Bryson, L. (ed.) The Communication of Ideas, New York: Harper and Brothers, pp. 95-118.
C. Wright Mills: Mass society theory
Reading: Mills, C.W. (1956) 'The mass society', in Mills, C.W. (ed.) The Power Elite, London: Oxford University Press, pp. 298-324.
The Toronto school
Reading: Innis, H.A. (1951) 'The bias of communication', in Innis, H.A., The Bias of Communication, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 33-60.
The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies
Reading: Hall, S. (1980c) 'Encoding/Decoding', in Culture, Media, Language: Working papers in cultural studies, 1972-9, Hall, S., Hobson, D., Lowe, A. and Willis, P. (eds), London: Hutchinson, pp. 128-38.
Approaches to media theory
Political economy
Reading: Herman, E.S. (1995a) 'Media in the US political economy', in Downing, J., Mohammadi, A. and Sreberny-Mohammadi, A. (eds) Questioning the Media: A critical introduction, 2nd edition, London: Sage, pp. 77-93.
Public sphere
Reading: Habermas, J. (1974 [1964]) 'The public sphere: an encyclopedia article', New German Critique 3 (1): 49-55.
Media effects
Reading: Gauntlett, D. (2005) 'Ten things wrong with the media "effects" model', Theory.org.uk: the Media Theory Site, www.meory.org.voli/tentMngs.html.
Structuralism
Reading: Todorov, T. (1990 [1978]) Genres in Discourse, translated by Porter, C, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 27-38.
Feminist media theory
Reading: van Zoonen, L. (1994) Feminist Media Studies, London: Sage, pp. 11-18, 21-8.
Cultural theory
Reading: Williams, R. (1961) The Long Revolution, Orchard Parle Broadview Press, pp. 57-70.
New Media
Reading: Jenkins, H. (2006) Convergence Culture: Where old and new media collide, New York and London: New York University Press, pp. 1-10.
Postmodernism
Reading: Baudrillard, J. (1994 [1981]) 'The implosion of meaning in the media', in Simulacra and Simulation, translated by Glaser, S.F., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 79-86.
The information society
Reading: Webster, F. (2002) Theories of the Information Society, 2nd edition, London: Routledge, pp. 8-21.
Media theory in context
Production
Reading: Hesmondhalgh, D. (2007) The Cultural Industries, 2nd edition, London: Sage, pp. 3-8.
Texts
Reading: Barthes, R. (1977 [1967]) 'The death of the author', in Image Music Text, translated by Heath, S., London: Fontana, pp. 142-8.
Audiences
Reading: Ang, I. (1991) 'Audience-as-market and audience-as-public', in Desperately Seeking the Audience, London: Routledge, pp. 26-32.
Audiences as producers
Reading: Shirky, C. (2008) Here Comes Everybody: How change happens when people come together, London: Penguin, pp. 55-66.
Bibliography
Index

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