The Media Student's Book (5th New edition)

The Media Student's Book (5th New edition)

By: Gill Branston (author), Roy Stafford (author)Paperback

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The Media Student's Book is a comprehensive introduction for students of media studies. It covers all the key topics and provides a detailed, lively and accessible guide to concepts and debates. Now in its fifth edition, this bestselling textbook has been thoroughly revised, re-ordered and updated, with many very recent examples and expanded coverage of the most important issues currently facing media studies. It is structured in three main parts, addressing key concepts, debates, and research skills, methods and resources. Individual chapters include: approaching media texts narrative genres and other classifications representations globalisation ideologies and discourses the business of media new media in a new world? the future of television regulation now debating advertising, branding and celebrity news and its futures documentary and `reality' debates from `audience' to `users' research: skills and methods. Each chapter includes a range of examples to work with, sometimes as short case studies. They are also supported by separate, longer case studies which include: Slumdog Millionaire online access for film and music CSI and detective fictions Let the Right One In and The Orphanage PBS, BBC and HBO images of migration The Age of Stupid and climate change politics. The authors are experienced in writing, researching and teaching across different levels of undergraduate study, with an awareness of the needs of students. The book is specially designed to be easy and stimulating to use, with: a Companion Website with popular chapters from previous editions, extra case studies and further resources for teaching and learning, at: margin terms, definitions, photos, references (and even jokes), allied to a comprehensive glossary follow-up activities in `Explore' boxes suggestions for further reading and online research references and examples from a rich range of media and media forms, including advertising, cinema, games, the internet, magazines, newspapers, photography, radio, and television.

About Author

Gill Branston is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Roy Stafford is a freelance lecturer, writer and examiner in media education and training.


List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction Section 1: Key concepts 1 Approaching media texts Introduction Semiotic approaches Structuralism, difference(s), and oppositions Denotation and connotation The social nature of signs Debates Content analysis Conclusion Case study: Visual and aural signs Analysing a poster, and notes on two photos Voices and sound signifiers Audio-visual moving images Content analysis 2 Narratives General theories of narrative Narration, story and plot Narratives in different media Long running and `single' narratives `New media' and narrative debates Conclusion References and further reading Case study: CSI: Miami and Crime fiction The classification `crime fiction' Plot/story Applying Todorov Applying Propp Applying Barthes Applying Levi-Strauss Narratives, institutions, ideologies References and further reading 3 Genres and classification Classifying films: Thelma and Louise (US 1991) Repetition and difference Repertoires of elements Case study: Formats and genres Status and genres 1: `escapism' and verisimilitude Status and genres 2: the cultural context Conclusion References and further reading Case study: Horror as popular art The Orphanage and Let the Right One In The child in the horror film Global and local audiences Style and the Gothic: different repertoires Authorship and promotion Distribution patterns 4 Representations `Representation' now Stereotyping and `scripts' Case study 1: US plantation stereotyping Scripts and performances Case study 2: Representations and gender Stages of change, and `positive/negative' debates Realisms and representations Comedy and questions of representation Historical and institutional processes Conclusion Reference and further reading Case study: Images of migration Introduction Discourses and stereotypes of `migration' and other kinds of travel News media The `grain of truth' in stereotypes? Varieties of media representations References 5 Globalisation Your experiences of globalisation Global histories Approaches to globalised media Global-local flows Global futures? Conclusion References and further reading Case study: Slumdog Millionaire: global film? The background to a global hit The production of the film Distribution The Bollywood connection Controversies in reception After the Oscar ceremonies . . . 6 Ideologies and discourses Introduction `Ideology' and its histories: Marxist approaches The persistence of class and its (in)visibility Post-Marxism and critical pluralism Discoures Lived cultures Conclusion? References and further reading Case study: The Age of Stupid (UK 2009) and Climate Change Politics Introduction Context: images and discourses The term `propaganda' Textual approaches to the film `Cinema' and its `everyday practices' Conclusion 7 Media as Business Studying business organisations Ownership and control The experience of conglomerates New players in India and China Public or private funding? Public or private in filmed entertainment The new digital environment Business models Different perspectives Conclusion References and further reading Case study: Music and movies - digital and available The challenge of copying Piracy Changing models in the film industry Section 2 : Debates 8 `New media' in a `new world'? Introduction `Newness' and histories Academic approaches Openness, collaboration and `users' `The long tail' Digital copies and the `enclosure' of information New media, old metaphors `New media', vanishing resources Conclusion References and further reading 9 The future of television Introduction Ownership and control in the television industry Paying for television Business models for television broadcasting Public service broadcasting Network television Subscription 10 Regulation now Introduction Politics and media economics Regulation and `freedom' Historical background Changes in the orthodoxy of economic policies and new models Deregulation, liberalisation and media institutions The contemporary regulatory environment A `free market' for classification, censorship and sex and violence? The public gets the media it deserves? `Free choices' and free speech? Conclusion References and further reading 11 Debating advertising, branding and celebrity Introduction Advertising, marketing and branding Debates Histories Hollywood and branding Hollywood: the brand(s) Case study: `Brangelina' Citizenship and consumption References and further reading 12 News and its futures Introduction The importance of news, and views of `the public' The construction of `news' `Impartiality' and accuracy `News values' Debates on the influence of news Futures: `new' news? Conclusion References and further reading 13 Documentary and `reality' debates Recent issues in documentary Documentary and assumptions about `realism' and truth `Direct Cinema' Performance and documentary Ethics and documentary Recent hybrids 1: `pranksters' Recent hybrids 2: `reality TV' Recent hybrids 3: forms of `drama documentary' Conclusion References and further reading 14 From `audience' to `users' Introduction Academic representations of audiences The effects model The uses and gratifications model From `effects' to `influence': factual forms `Cultural' approaches Re-mediating audiences Conclusion References and further reading Section 3 : Research methods and reference 15 Research: skills and methods Introduction Basics Using the internet, and print forms Fear of `theory' Methods Qualitative and quantitative Textual approaches Samples Focus groups `Ethnographic' methods Footnote : Wikipedia References and further reading Glossary Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780415558426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 462
  • ID: 9780415558426
  • weight: 1043
  • ISBN10: 0415558425
  • edition: 5th New edition

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