Media and Democracy addresses key topics and themes in relation to democratic theory, media and technology, comparative media studies, media and history, and the evolution of media research. For example:
Professor Curran’s response to these questions provides both a clear introduction to media research, written for university undergraduates studying in different countries, and an innovative analysis written by one of the field’s leading scholars.
‘… Curran’s Media and Democracy is a must-read book for students and scholars alike, delivering sharp analysis in a lively and accessible way’ Stephen Cushion, Journalism 13(2), 2012: 260
'…Curran's book is excellent and will no doubt appear as a central text in media studies courses around the world.' Greg Philo, British Politics
Introduction Part I Comparing Media 1. Shining City on Hill 2. Questioning a New Orthodoxy 3. Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy Part II Media and Democratic Theory 4. Entertaining Democracy 5. Liberal Dreams and the Internet Part III Media and New Technology 6. Technology Foretold 7. Future of Journalism Part IV Media and History 8. Narratives of Media History Revisited 9. Press as an Agency of Social Control 10. Advertising as a Bounty System Part V Media and Culture 11. Media as Custodians of Cultural Tradition 12. Media and Cultural Theory in the Age of Market Liberalism
This series encompasses the broad field of media and cultural studies. Its main concerns are the media and the public sphere: on whether the media empower or fail to empower popular forces in society; media organizations and public policy; political communication; and the role of media entertainment, ranging from potboilers and the human interest story to rock music and TV sport.