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    Description"This is a welcome critical corrective to complacent mainstream accounts of the media's cultural impact". Prof. Slavoj Zizek, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London "A powerful and highly engaging re-assessment of past critical thinkers (including those not normally thought of as critical) in the light of today's mediascape". Jorge Reina Schement, Distinguished Professor of Communications, Penn State University With the exception of occasional moral panics about the coarsening of public discourse, and the impact of advertising and television violence upon children, mass media tend to be viewed as a largely neutral or benign part of contemporary life. Even when criticisms are voiced, the media chooses how and when to discuss its own inadequacies. More radical external critiques are often excluded and media theorists are frequently more optimistic than realistic about the negative aspects of mass culture. This book reassesses this situation in the light of both early and contemporary critical scholarship and explores the intimate relationship between the mass media and the dis-empowering nature of commodity culture. The authors cast a fresh perspective on contemporary mass culture by comparing past and present critiques. They: Outline the key criticisms of mass culture from past critical thinkers Reassess past critical thought in the changed circumstances of today Evaluate the significance of new critical thinkers for today's mass cultureThe book begins by introducing the critical insights from major theorists from the past - Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Theodor Adorno, Marshall McLuhan and Guy Debord. Paul Taylor and Jan Harris then apply these insights to recent provocative writers such as Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj Zizek, and discuss the links between such otherwise apparently unrelated contemporary events as the Iraqi Abu Ghraib controversy and the rise of reality television. Critical Theories of Mass Media is a key text for students of cultural studies, communications and media studies, and sociology.


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    Title
    Critical Theories of Mass Media
    Subtitle
    Then and Now
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Taylor, By (author) Jan Harris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 439 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780335218110
    ISBN 10: 0335218113
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    DC22: 306
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000, SOC026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27540
    B&T Approval Code: A31220000, A34301800
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A34150000
    DC22: 306.071
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: P94 .T38 2008
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JBCC
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    19 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Milton Keynes
    Author Information
    Paul A. Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Communications Theory, University of Leeds, UK. Jan Ll. Harris is an independent scholar.