`Alertness to the changing terms of debate, familiarity with the latest scholarship and a shrewd, practical sense of what works in teaching make this collection a very worthwhile addition to course reading lists' - John Corner, University of Liverpool
The Media Reader is an essential sourcebook of key statements about transformations in media culture. The Reader explores the technological, economic, social and cultural processes implicated in the production, regulation, circulation and consumption of media forms. It applies theoretical approaches, supported by a range of case studies, to past and present media transformations.
Divided into four parts: Mass Communications and the Modern World; Understanding `Transformations' in Media Culture; New Media for New Times; Future Perfect?, this Reader provides a framework for examining many of the key transformations in the contemporary media environment. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students alike.
Dr Hugh Mackay is an Honorary Associate of the Faculty of Sociology at Open University
PART ONE: MASS COMMUNICATION AND THE MODERN WORLD The Media and Modernity - John Thompson Corporate Dynamics and Broadcasting Futures - Graham Murdock The Technology and the Society - Raymond Williams When Old Technologies Were New - Carolyn Marvin Implementing the Future The Wireless Age - Patrice Flichy Radio Broadcasting PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING `TRANSFORMATIONS' IN MEDIA CULTURE No Sense of Place - Joshua Meyrowitz The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behaviour Information Technology and the Myth of Abundance - Anthony Smith What Information Society? - Frank Webster Cultural Globalisation - John Tomlinson Placing and Displacing the West The Global Media in the Late 1990s - Edward Herman and Robert McChesney Popular Culture on a Global Scale - Simon During A Challenge for Cultural Studies? PART THREE: NEW MEDIA FOR NEW TIMES Broadcasting is Dead. Long Live Digital Choice - Jeanette Steemers Making Television News in the Satellite Age - Brent MacGregor The Virtual Community - Howard Rheingold Finding Connection in a Computerised World Identity in the Age of the Internet - Sherry Turkle The Development of Interactive Games - Leslie Haddon PART FOUR: FUTURE PERFECT? Reimagined Communities? New Media, New Possibilities - David Morley and Kevin Robins The World Wide Web of Surveillance - David Lyon The Internet and Off-World Power Flows In the Realm of Uncertainty - Ien Ang The Global Village and Capitalist Postmodernity Remote Control? Politics, Technology and 'Electronic Democracy' - John Street An Introduction to the Information Age - Manuel Castells