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All Media Are Social

Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media, 1st Edition

By Andrew M. Lindner, Stephen R. Barnard


160 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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From TV to smartphone apps to movies to newspapers, mass media are nearly omnipresent in contemporary life and act as a powerful social institution. In this introduction to media sociology, Lindner and Barnard encourage readers to think critically about the power of big media companies, state-media relations, new developments in journalism, representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in media, and what social media may or may not be doing to our brains, among other topics. Each chapter explores pressing questions about media by carefully excavating the results of classic and contemporary social scientific studies. The authors bring these findings to life with anecdotes and examples ripped from headlines and social media newsfeeds. By synthesizing research on new media and traditional media, entertainment media and news, quantitative and qualitative studies, All Media Are Social offers a succinct and accessibly-written analysis of both enduring patterns and some of the newest developments in mass media. With strong emphases on theory and methods, Lindner and Barnard provide students and general readers alike with the tools to better understand the ever-changing media landscape.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables, Acknowledgements, 1 All Media Are Social, 2 Theorizing the Media, 3 Who Pays for It?, 4 In the Hands of a Few, 5 Big Brother Knows You’re Watching, 6 The Makers and the Breakers, 7 Fear & Loathing on Cable News, 8 Doing Gender and Sexuality in Media, 9 Unequal Images in an Unequal Age, 10 Are We Robots?, 11 Or Are We Rebels?, Recommended Resources, Index

About the Authors

Andrew M. Lindner is Associate Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He studies the intersection of culture, mass media, and politics. His research has appeared in publications including New Media & Society, Social Problems, and Information, Communication, & Society.

Stephen R. Barnard is Associate Professor at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. His research and teaching focus on the role media and communication technologies play in relations of power, practice, and democracy. He is author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism.

About the Series

Sociology Re-Wired

This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General