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2nd Edition

Media Studies
Texts, Production, Context

ISBN 9781408269510
Published July 25, 2012 by Routledge
536 Pages

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Book Description

Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive introduction to the various approaches in the field. From outlining what media studies is to encouraging active engagement in research and analysis, this book advocates media study as a participatory process and provides a framework and set of skills to help you develop critical thinking.

Updated to reflect the changing media environment, Media Studies retains the highly praised approach and style of the first edition.

Key Features:

  • Five sections - media texts and meanings; producing media; media audiences; media and social contexts; histography - examine approaches to the field including new and web media, traditional print and broadcast media, popular music, computer games, photography, and film.
  • An international perspective allows you to view media in a global context.
  • Examines media audiences as consumers, listeners, readerships and members of communities.
  • Guidance on analytical tools - language, a range of theories and analytical techniques - to give you the confidence to navigate, research and make sense of the field.

New for the second edition:

  • New case studies including Google, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, the life of a freelance journalist, phone hacking at News International, and collaborative journalism.
  • 'New Media, New Media Studies' is an additional feature, which brings into focus ways of thinking about new media forms.

Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context, 2nd Edition will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of media studies, cultural studies, communication studies, film studies, the sociology of the media, popular culture and other related subjects.

Table of Contents

List of contributors  Guided tour  Acknowledgements  Introduction: Getting started: 'doing' media studies  Part One: Media texts and meanings  Chapter 1: How do media make meaning?  Chapter 2: Organising meaning in media texts: genre and narrative  Chapter 3: Media representations  Chapter 4: Reality media  Part Two : Producing media  Chapter 5: The business of media  Chapter 6: Media regulation and policy  Chapter 7: Media production in a global age  Part Three: Media audiences  Chapter 8: Producing audiences: what do media do to people?  Chapter 9: Investigating audiences: what do people do with media?  Part Four: Media and social contexts  Chapter 10: Media power  Chapter 11: Conceptualising mass society  Chapter 12: Modernism, postmodernism and after  Chapter 13: The consumer society and advertising  Part Five: Historiography  Chapter 14: Media histories  Conclusion: Doing your media studies  Glossary  References  Index

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Paul Long is Reader in Media Theory in the Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University.

Tim Wall is Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies in the Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University.