3rd Edition

The Media An Introduction

By Daniele Albertazzi, Paul Cobley Copyright 2008
    592 Pages
    by Routledge

    592 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Today, arguably more than at any time in the past, media are the key players in contributing to what defines reality for the citizens of Europe and beyond. This book provides an introduction to the way that the media occupy such a position of prominence in contemporary human existence.

    This expanded and fully updated third edition of the bestselling The Media: An Introduction collects in one volume thirty-six specially commissioned essays to offer unrivalled breadth and depth for an introduction to the study of contemporary media. It addresses the fundamental questions about today’s media – for example, digitisation and its effects, new distribution technologies, and the implications of convergence, all set against the backdrop of a period of profound social and economic change in Europe and globally.

    Key features:

    • Expert contributions on each topic
    • Approachable, authoritative contributions provide a solid theoretical overview of the media industry and comprehensive empirical guide to the institutions that make up the media.
    • Further Reading and related web-resource listings encourage further study.

    New to this edition:

    • New five part structure provides a broad and coherent approach to media: Part 1 Understanding the Media; Part 2 What Are the Media?; Part 3 The Media Environment; Part 4 Audiences, Influences and Effects; Part 5 Media Representations.
    • Brand new chapters on: Approaches to Media; Media Form; Models of Media Institutions; The Media in Europe; Photography; Book Publishing; Newspapers; Magazines; Radio; Television; The Internet and the Web; News Media; Economics; Policy; Public Service Broadcasting in Europe; Censorship and Freedom of Speech; Audience Research; Sexualities; Gender; Social Class; Media and Religion; The Body, Health and Illness; Nationality and Sex Acts.
    • Other chapter topics from the last edition fully updated
    • A wider, more comparative focus on Europe.

    The Media: An Introduction will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of media studies, cultural studies, communication studies, journalism, film studies, the sociology of the media, popular culture and other related subjects.

    Introduction Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley  Part 1: Understanding the Media  Introduction  Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley  1. Approaches to the Media Joanne Sayner  2. Media Form John Corner  3. Models of Media Institutions Stylianos Papathanassopoulos  4. The Media in Europe Hans J. Kleinsteuber  Part 2: What Are the Media?  Introduction Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley  5. Comics Roger Sabin  6. Photography Stephen Bull  7. Book Publishing Beverley Tarquini  8. Public Relations David Miller  9. Newspapers Raymond Kuhn  10. Magazines Anna Gough-Yates  11. Radio Guy Starkey  12. Television Dorothy Hobson  13. Cinema Anne Jäckel  14. Pop Music Roy Shuker  15. The Internet and the www Lorenzo Cantoni and Stefano Tardini  16. News Agencies Oliver Boyd-Barrett and Terhi Rantanen  17. News Media Jackie Harrison  18. Advertising Iain MacRury  Part 3: The Media Environment: Policy, Economics and Institutions  Introduction Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley  19. Economics John Sedgwick and Guglielmo Volpe  20. Policy Marco Gambaro  21. Public Service Broadcasting in Europe Jérôme Bourdon  22. Censorship and Freedom of Speech Julian Petley  Part 4: Audiences, influences and effects  Introduction Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley  23. Administrative Research of Audiences Michael Svennevig  24. Effects Guy Cumberbatch  25. Impacts and Influences Jenny Kitzinger  26. Active Audiences Joke Hermes  Part 5: Media representations  Introduction Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley  27. Sexuality Charlotte Ross  28. Gender Rosalind Gill  29. Social Class Karima Laachir  30. Race and Ethnicity Sarita Malik  31. Media and Religion Leen d’Haenens and Jan Bosman  32. Youth Bill Osgerby  33. The Body, Health and Illness Andy Miah  34. Nationality Barbara O’Connor  35. Sport Neil Blain and Raymond Boyle  36. Sex Acts Brian McNair


    Daniele Albertazzi is Senior Lecturer in European Media at the University of Birmingham.

    Paul Cobley is Reader in Communications at London Metropolitan University.