Mass Mediated Disease

Mass Mediated Disease : A Case Study Analysis of Three Flu Pandemics and Public Health Policy

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Mass Mediated Disease focuses on the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918, the Asian influenza pandemic of 1957, and the Hong Kong influenza pandemic of 1968, by discussing news stories reported by the New York Times, London Times, and other popular magazines. This groundbreaking work demonstrates that the social construction of influenza changed over time, which was reflected by the mass media, and ultimately resulted in public policies that clearly illustrate the link between media and policy formation in the United States.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739113887
  • 9780739113882
  • 1,783,789

About Debra E. Blakely

Debra E. Blakely is assistant professor of communication at the University of HoustonDClear Lake.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Great Pandemic of 1918 Chapter 3 The Asian Flu Pandemic of 1957 Chapter 4 The Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Chapter 5 Conclusion
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Review quote

What makes this book so unique is that this analysis was conducted from the vantage point of how various newspapers, such as the The Times of London and The New York Times reported on these epidemics. The end result is an eye-opening analysis of how these epidemics were viewed in the popular culture, and more important, how the media filtered information about the pandemics to the public... Most important, however, this book illustrates the role that the media has in setting public policy, and the enormous responsibilty that the media has when reporting on such monumental events... Detailed, and groundbreaking, Mass Mediated Disease is essential reading for anyone with an interest in public health issues, media studies, or the history of pandemics. The Athenaeum
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