This book, first published in 1992, challenges the elitism and cultural pessimism of much Anglo-American and Continental cultural debate with regard to the role and power of transnational media practices. In a series of ten innovative essays, an international group of media researchers explores a wide range of cultural practices across national borders and the cultural politics associated with these everyday practices and debates.
Part 1. Media Cultures: The Historical Process 1. Citizens, Consumers and Public Culture Graham Murdock 2. Modernity and Media Panics Kirsten Drotner Part 2. National and Transnational Media Cultures 3. Electronic Communities and Domestic Rituals: Cultural Consumption and the Production of European Cultural Identities David Morley 4. Barbarous TV International: Syndicated Wheels of Fortune Michael Skovmand 5. French-American Connection: A bout de souffle, Breathless and the Melancholy Macho Jostein Gripsrud 6. More Than Just Images: The Whole Picture. News in the Multi-Channel Universe Peter Larsen 7. Postwar Americanisation and the Revitalisation of European Culture Søren Schou Part 3. Popular Audiences and Cultural Quality 8. Intertextuality and Metafiction: Genre and Narration in the Televised Fiction of Dennis Potter Ib Bondebjerg 9. Semiotics by Instinct: ‘Cult Film’ as a Signifying Practice Between Audience and Film Anne Jerslev 10. Cultural Quality: Search For a Phantom? A Reception Perspective on Judgements of Cultural Value Kim Christian Schrøder