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Media and Society
Production, Content and Participation

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© 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'This is the media and society text that critical scholars have been waiting for'.
- Professor Mark Andrejevic, Pomona College

This book unpacks the role of the media in social, cultural and political contexts and encourages you to reflect on the power relationships that are formed as a result.

Structured around the three cornerstones of media studies; production, content and participation, this is an ideal introduction to your studies in media, culture and society. The book:

  • Evaluates recent developments in media production, industries and platforms brought about the emergence of interactive media technologies.
  • Examines the shifting relationship between media production and consumption instigated by the rise of social and mobile media, recasting consumption as ‘participation’.
  • Explores the construction of texts and meanings via media representations, consumer culture and popular culture, as well as the relationship between politics and public relations.
  • Assesses the debates around the creative and cultural labour involved in meaning-making.
  • Includes a companion website featuring exercise and discussion questions, links to relevant blogs and web material, lists of further reading and free access to key journal articles.

 
Chapter 1: Meaning, Representation and Power
 
Chapter 2: The Industrial Production of Meaning
 
Chapter 3: Power and Media Production
 
Chapter 4: The Global Information Economy
 
Chapter 5: Media and Communication Professionals
 
Chapter 6: Making News
 
Chapter 7: Politics and Communication Strategists
 
Chapter 8: Producing and Negotiating Identities
 
Chapter 9: Consumer Culture, Branding and Advertising
 
Chapter 10: Popular Culture
 
Chapter 11: Social Media, Interactivity and Participation
 
Chapter 12: Mobile Media, Urban Space and Everyday Life
 
Chapter 13: Constructing and Managing Audiences
 
Chapter 14: Managing Participation

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This is the media and society text that critical scholars have been waiting for: a clear-eyed, critical, and engagingly written overview of the contemporary culture industry that traces the connections between meaning-making and power that bridge media new and old, analogue and digital, systematically shaping our increasingly pervasive and invasive media environment.

Mark Andrejevic
Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Clear concise information with all the required components for the media module.

Mrs Sarah Mullins
Department of Health, Beauty & Care, North Lindsey College
February 24, 2016

I adopted it because it was comprehensive, I agree with their main theoretical points, and it builds slowly in each chapter. However, I will probably not adopt again because my students do not understand it. It's too complex for students who are entering a media criticism course for the first time. My students have no theoretical background whatsoever and they find the language and the style too confusing for them.

Dr Raul J. Feliciano
Communication Arts Dept, Suny College At Oneonta
February 27, 2016

The book together with the companion wesite provides an essential insight to media culture.

Mr Julius Erdmann
Department for Romance Studies, University of Potsdam
February 24, 2016

It is a very comprehensive book. The way the authors look to mass communication with a focus on managing meaning and power. That's an eye opener for my students.

Dr Willem Koetsenruijter
Journalism and New Media, Leiden University
September 14, 2015

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