The Media Reader
Continuity and Transformation
- Hugh Mackay - Open University in Wales, United Kingdom
- Tim O'Sullivan - De Montfort University, UK
July 1999 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This essential sourcebook of key statements about transformations in media culture focuses on questions of democracy, technology, and culture. It provides theoretical approaches to past and present media transformations and case studies of a range of media, examining both old media in new times and emerging new media. It explores the technological, economic, social, and cultural processes implicated in the production, regulation, circulation, and consumption of media forms.
PART ONE: MASS COMMUNICATION AND THE MODERN WORLD
The Media and Modernity
Corporate Dynamics and Broadcasting Futures
The Technology and the Society
When Old Technologies Were New
The Wireless Age
PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING `TRANSFORMATIONS' IN MEDIA CULTURE
No Sense of Place
Information Technology and the Myth of Abundance
What Information Society?
Edward Herman and Robert McChesney
The Global Media in the Late 1990s
Popular Culture on a Global Scale
PART THREE: NEW MEDIA FOR NEW TIMES
Broadcasting is Dead. Long Live Digital Choice
Making Television News in the Satellite Age
The Virtual Community
Identity in the Age of the Internet
The Development of Interactive Games
PART FOUR: FUTURE PERFECT?
David Morley and Kevin Robins
Reimagined Communities? New Media, New Possibilities
The World Wide Web of Surveillance
In the Realm of Uncertainty
Remote Control? Politics, Technology and 'Electronic Democracy'
An Introduction to the Information Age
`This book represents a valuable resource in helping students make sense of the rapid and perplexing changes in media technologies and institutions from a range of perspectives.... I shall certainly be recommending The Media Reader to my students' - Convergence
"Alertness to the chaning terms of debate, familiarity with the latest scholarship and a shrewd, practical sense of what works in teaching makes this collection a very worthwhile addition to course reading lists."
University of Liverpool, UK