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Las Vegas : Media and Myth

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Las Vegas: Media and Myth uses interviews with a variety of individuals to explore life in the fabled American city. With the belief that the media play an essential role in the creation of a sense of community in this transient town, author Lawrence J. Mullen speaks with people who work in the local media industries to get their perspectives about how newspaper, radio, television, and related media help make Las Vegas a livable more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120743
  • 9780739120743

About Lawrence J. Mullen

Lawrence J. Mullen is associate professor of journalism and media studies at the University of Nevada, Las more

Review quote

A rich collection of mostly uniterrupted oral history accounts, each of them presented in first person...Mullen's book should be welcomed by not only Las Vegas locals with a firsthand connection to the local media and political scene, but by anyone fascinated by the relationship between media and culture. American Journalism: A Media History Journal Mullen's interviews, as a whole, provide a surprising cohesive image of the 'true' Las Vegas. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, February 2009 As someone once fully embedded in the mass media scene of Las Vegas (but surely couldn't afford the nervous energy now), I was fascinated by Lawrence Mullen's rich account of the hidden history of America's most controversial city. Mullen explodes the ingrained myths and tells where the proverbial media-related 'bodies are buried,' then exhumes and drags the tired cadavers center stage; out into the bright, neon lights, exploring some unseemly, even shadowy behavior along the way. In a place famous for imploding structures to make room for grander ones, Mullen provides an antidote to outdated media images, demystifying legends. He also focuses on a now flourishing mass media environment-one experiencing exponential growth-along with his amazing city. -- Mike Murray, UM Board of Curator's Distinguished Professor; founding director, UNLV Greenspun School of Journalism; author ofThe Political Peshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Part I: Newspapers Chapter 4 Part II: Radio Chapter 5 Part III: Television Chapter 6 Part IV: Politics Chapter 7 Part V: Communicators, Comedians, Critics Chapter 8 Appendix: Vegas Sound Bitesshow more