Canadian Media Literacy Studies
Un/covering the North:
News, Media and Aboriginal People
by Valerie Alia
Provides a comprehensive survey of northern
communications, focusing on the Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic but also looking at
the circumpolar region. Alia engages such unexplored topics as the history of northern
media, the ethics of journalism about the North, comparative perceptions of the North
in northern and southern newspapers, and the representation of Aboriginal people
in film, television, radio and print. Softcover. $29.95.
Class Warfare: The Assault on Canada's
by Maude Barlow & Heather-Jane Robertson
The authors take a hard look at the present
condition of public education. They find that most of the charges levelled at Canadian
schools are unfounded: our literacy rates are among the highest in the world, we
are turning out scientists faster than the economy can absorb them, and our curriculum
reflect the kind of society Canadians want. The book argues that the attack on schools
has been mounted by interests that have something to gain by making changes. (1994).
Chips & Pop: Decoding the Nexus Generation
by Robert Barnard, Dave Cosgrove & Jennifer
The authors examine features of Nexus (Canadians
born between the early 1960s and the late 1970s) common to young people of any generation,
as well as the formative experiences that are unique to it: the invention of the
computer chip and the instant global media that has transformed pop culture. This
generation offers a window onto our future marketplace, workplace, and society. Hardcover.
Split Screen: Home Entertainment and the
by David Ellis
Organised into seven chapters. The first three
are primarily descriptive, intended to provide the reader with a context for a discussion
about television technologies. The latter chapters are more editorial in their approach,
and are particularly concerned with how business and policy issues are affecting
Canadian viewers. Softcover. $29.50.
The Missing News: Filters and Blind Spots
in Canada's Press
by Robert A. Hackett & Richard Gruneau
Do newspapers in Canada really report an adequate
range of views and issues? The authors are that as significant as what is reported
are the stories that are not reported or "buried". Their book offers different
perspectives on these blind spots, and discuss what Canadians can do about them.
Better Living: In Pursuit of Happiness
from Plato to Prozac
by Mark Kingwell
An exploration of the idea of happiness, the
ways in which that idea has changed over the course of history, and how it influences
not only individual lives but also economic and political thinking, psychological
investigation, medical practice etc. (1998). Hardcover. $32.00 Softcover $18.99.
Trivia Pursuit: How Showbiz Values are
Corrupting the News
by Knowlton Nash
Nash has had a fifty-year love affair with
the business of journalism. It's a "beautiful business," he says, but one
headed for trouble as the various media giants struggle to keep their market share
by sensationalizing the news. He looks to the future to detect the direction news
reporting will take in the new century and in the new medium of the Internet. Will
it simply amuse or shock us, or will it tell us what we need to know? (1998). Softcover.
You're On the Air
by Sallie Phillips
A freelance broadcaster and pioneering career
woman in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Sallie broadcast over the CBC and most of
Vancouver's other radio stations. This volume is a selection of her radio scripts,
each of which offers a privileged glimpse at a time and place that is strikingly
different from -- and occasionally surprisingly similar to -- our own. (2000). Softcover.
Edited by Chris Worsnop
"This book is about our Canadian popular
culture. The selections are intended to make you think about popular culture and
to get you started on some work that will help make yourselves into smart popular
culture consumers" -from preface by Worsnop. A collection of short articles,
stories and poems. (1994). Softcover. 18.95.
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