In Front of the Children: Screen Entertainment
and Young Audiences
Edited by Cary Bazalgette & David
This anthology breaks away from the usual
agenda of moral panic and cultural pessimism which has dominated discussion of film,
television, computer games, merchandising and comics of both sides of the Atlantic.
The contributors to this book look at what children themselves choose to watch, and
at the production and marketing choices made on children's behalf. Contains 13 essays
in all, from such authors as Maire Messenger Davies and Jack Zipes. Softcover. $32.95.
Defining Vision: How Broadcasters lured
the Government into inciting a Revolution in Television
by Joel Brinkley
Brinkley takes us inside the creation
of HDTV -- digital, high-definition television -- into a titanic
competition between some
of the world's most important high-tech corporations battling for
a prize worth billions of dollars. Softcover.
After the Death of Childhood:
Growing Up in the Age of Electronic Media
by David Buckingham
A lucid and accessible overview of recent
changes both in childhood and in the media environment. Buckingham points to the
challenges posed by the proliferation of new technologies, the privatization of the
media, and the polarization between the media-rich and the media-poor. He argues
that children can no longer be protected or excluded from the adult world of violence,
commercialism and politics, and that new strategies are needed in order to protect
their rights. (2000). Softcover. $42.95.
The Making of Citizens: Young People, News
by David Buckingham
The author traces the dynamic complexities
of young people's interpretations of news, and their judgements about the ways in
which key social and political issues are represented. Rather than bemoaning young
people's ignorance, Buckingham argues that we need to rethink what counts as political
understanding in contemporary societies, suggesting that new forms of factual reporting
will more effectively engage young people's perceptions of themselves as citizens.
(2000). Softcover. $37.99.
Understanding Children's Emotional Responses to Television
by David Buckingham
Concerns about the effects of TV on children
are a recurrent focus of public controversy. Yet amid all the anxiety, children's
voices are rarely heard. In this book, Buckingham investigates children's own perspectives
o what they find frightening, moving and upsetting. He looks at how they learn to
cope with their feelings, and how their parents help or hinder them in doing so.
Studying Media: Problems of Theory and
by John Corner
This collection brings together a selection
of the author's writings, produced across two decades of intensive development. Debates
about methods for the analysis of media language, the rise of reception studies,
and the problems of cultural evaluation are among the issues addressed. The volume
begins with a broad introduction to the formation of the field, the phases through
which it has developed and the challenges which face it. Softcover. $46.95.
The Place of Media Power: Pilgrims and
Witnesses of the Media Age
by Nick Couldry
Focuses on an area neglected in previous
studies of the media: the meetings between "ordinary people" and
the media. Couldry's study explores what happens when people who normally
consume the media witness media
processes in action, or even become the object of media attention
themselves. The final section of the book looks at the social impacts of the
Internet and the development
of digital television. Softcover. $39.99 (2000).
De-Westernizing Media Studies
Edited by James Curran & Myung-Jin Park
In a series of case studies from Asia, Africa,
North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia, the contributors
explore relationships between media, power and society. They also confront the limitations
of conventional media and globalization theory in understanding these relationships.
Social Policy, the Media and Misrepresentation
Edited by Bob Franklin
Do media report social problems or help to
create them? And why is new Labour so concerned to influence media reports of social
policy? The book contains a radical collection of chapters that examine various aspects
of news media reporting of social policy and the influences of such coverage on the
processes of policy making and implementation. (1999). Softcover. $44.99.
Free-for-All: The Struggle for Dominance
on the Digital Frontier
by Matthew Fraser
Microsoft, Bell Atlantic, Hughes Electronics,
Time Warner, TCI, and, in Canada, the Rogers and Shaw cable empires are all marshalling
vast amounts of capital and new technology in a bid to outguess the competition on
the direction of the new marketplace. Even the governments on both sides of the border
are struggling for a place in the new digital universe. This far-reaching book reveals
who the market leaders are likely to be, and what technologies will dominate the
field. Hardcover. $32.95.
Edited by Matthew Kieran
The contributors explore issues of impartiality
and objectivity, the ethics of political journalism, the regulation of privacy and
media intrusion, and the justification of censorship. They discuss the relationship
between journalism and public relations, war reporting and military propaganda, media
portrayals of sex and violence, photojournalism and the tabloid press. (1998). Softcover.
Made Possible By...
The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States
by James Ledbetter
A history of public broadcasting, from its
initial idealist attempt to reshape the vast wasteland of television, to its current
lamentable state -- safe, consistently mediocre, and as dependent on corporate financing
as its commercial counterparts. (1997). Softcover. $21.00.
Rich Media, Poor Democracy:
Communication Politics in Dubious Times
by Robert W. McChesney
Argues that the media, far from providing
a bedrock for freedom and democracy, have become a significant antidemocratic
force in the U.S. and, to varying degrees, worldwide. McChesney addresses
media explosion and the corresponding implosion of public life that
characterizes our times. He exposes several myths about the media
-- in particular, that the market
compels media firms to "give the people what they want" -- that
limit the ability of citizens to grasp the real nature and logic
of the media system. (1999).
How the Media See Disease, Famine, War and Death
by Susan D. Moeller
Warns that the American media threaten our
ability to understand the world around us. Why do the media cover the world in the
way that they do? Are they simply following the marketplace demand for tabloid-style
international news? Or are they creating an audience that has seen too much -- or
too little -- to care? (1999). Hardcover. $43.99 Softcover. $26.95.
Buy This Book: Studies in Advertising and
Edited by Mica Nava, Andrew Blake, Iain MacRury
& Barry Richards
Contributors consider the history,
industry practices, textual strategies and public consumption of advertising,
in consumer imagery and identity. Eschewing a uniformity of approach
and perspective, the book confirms the interdisciplinarity of this expanding
area of study. It also
shows how a focus on consumption interrogates assumptions within
disciplines. (1997). Softcover. $37.99.
Holding the Media Accountable: Citizens,
Ethics and the Law
Edited by David Pritchard
Presents real-world examples of clashes between
media actions and public accountability. Pritchard and his colleagues examine a case
of routine deception by a TV station's news staff; how a typical newspaper handles
complaints about news content; media self-regulation; standards and controversial
programming, and the impact of lawyers and legal proceedings in the media. (2000).
Worlds in Common? Television discourse
in a Changing Europe
by Kay Richardson & Ulrike H. Meinhof
Extends current debates about the future of
a new multichannel media environment which is no longer confined within national
boundaries, and how this affects the cultural loves of viewers. Case studies include:
the importance of television's mediations of time and space, the prevalence of "trash"
or "quality" in TV's future developments, and the impact of US talk shows
within a European context. (1999). Softcover. $38.99.
Media Virus! Hidden Agendas in Popular
by Douglas Rushkoff
Examines the intricate ways in which popular
media both manipulate and are manipulated by those who know how to tap into their
power. Rushkoff argues that, where there's a wavelength, there's a way to "infect"
those on it -- from the subversive signals broadcast by shows like The Simpsons,
to the O.J. media frenzy. Includes a new preface and afterword chronicling the latest
and most outrageous outbreaks of virus strains. (1996). Softcover. $19.95.
Playing the Future: What We Can Learn from
by Douglas Rushkoff
"Contends that kids today, who were weaned
on Macintosh and MTV, have developed adaptive strategies to live in a mediasphere
in which CNN seems less real than Pulp Fiction . . . It's hard to argue with
his contention that a hearty dose of the Net would give us a fighting chance of learning
about the future that our children already know" -- San Francisco Chronicle.
Softcover. (1996). $20.00.
Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing and the
Marketing of Culture
by John Seabrook
Prepare the enter the outrageous new world
of Nobrow, where the old cultural distinctions -- highbrow (Wagner's Ring),
middlebrow (Masterpiece Theatre), and lowbrow (the latest MTV video) cease
to exist. Seabrook shows how Nobrow increasingly defines the great American audience.
(2000) Hardcover, $35.00; Paperback, $18.00.
Toxic Sludge is Good For You!
Lies and the Public Relations Industry
by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton
Blows the lid off today's multi-billion dollar
propaganda industry. This names names and reveals how public relations wizards concoct
and spin the news, organize phony "grassroots" front groups, spy on citizens,
and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy. Your worst cynicism
pales before reality in this blistering and often hilarious exposé. (1995).
Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age
of the Internet
by Sherry Turkle
A study of the psychology of online life,
Turkle explores not only what the computer does for us but what it does to us --
from the way it changes children's ideas about what is alive to the way it provokes
new ways of thinking about politics, community, sexual identity, and our most basic
concepts of self. (1995). Softcover. $19.00.
Twenty Ads That Shook The World
by James B. Twitchell
These are not necessarily the ads and
the ad campaigns that have been most effective in selling their products,
those that entered the popular lexicon and had a profound effect
on us all. Each ad and its overall campaign is deconstructed; we
see firsthand how and why they are
created, which needs they address, and what boundaries they break.
(2000). Softcover. $21.00.
Understanding Journalism: A Guide to Issues
by John Wilson
Never have the media been so critically regarded
as at the present time. Documenting many areas of debate and dispute between journalists,
the media, public organizations and politicians, the author identifies why conflicts
will continue. The book covers topics from government bias to censorship, official
secrets to freedom of information, and animal rights to obscenity. (1996). Softcover.
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