Battleground: The Media [Two Volumes] [2 volumes]

Overview

There are many controversial aspects of today's media system, and this captivating encyclopedia examines the most significant of the topics currently being debated. Arranged alphabetically, approximately 100 entries cover background, definitions, notable programs, significant media events and their historical significance, and important future trends. Issues from sexuality to sensationalism, from surveillance to tabloid news, are covered here in an incisive and informative manner. Coverage of on-going ...

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Overview

There are many controversial aspects of today's media system, and this captivating encyclopedia examines the most significant of the topics currently being debated. Arranged alphabetically, approximately 100 entries cover background, definitions, notable programs, significant media events and their historical significance, and important future trends. Issues from sexuality to sensationalism, from surveillance to tabloid news, are covered here in an incisive and informative manner. Coverage of on-going developments and new media technologies combine with the work's timely subject matter to make this an especially relevant set. Some of the topics covered include: Al-Jazeera; anonymous sources; the blogosphere; CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and cable talk; celebrity worship; censorship; conglomeration and media monopolies; fear-mongering; google books; homogenization; independent cinema; the iTunes effect; obscenity/indecency; leaks and national security; online pornography; politics and internet journalism; privacy & surveillance; product placement; propoganda; tabloid news; videogames; and violence. Entries also include further reading sources.

There are many controversial aspects of today's media system, and this captivating encyclopedia examines the most significant topics currently being debated. Arranged alphabetically, approximately 100 entries cover background, definitions, notable programs, significant media events and their historical significance, and important future trends. Issues from sexuality to sensationalism, from surveillance to tabloid news, are covered here in an incisive and informative manner. Coverage of on-going developments and new media technologies combine with the work's timely subject matter to make this an especially relevant set.

Entries contain an array of thoughtful perspectives on current controversies, and allow readers to formulate their own conclusions. Topics include: Al-Jazeera; anonymous sources; the blogosphere; CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and cable talk; celebrity worship; censorship; conglomeration and media monopolies; fear-mongering; google books; homogenization; independent cinema; the iTunes effect; obscenity/indecency; leaks and national security; online pornography; politics and internet journalism; privacy & surveillance; product placement; propoganda; tabloid news; videogames; and violence. Entries also include further reading sources.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[P]rovides a good cross-section of both long standing issues and recent developments….This work is recommended for both public and academic libraries, especially those supporting undergraduate programs in communication and mass media."

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ARBA Online

"This two-volume work offers a detailed, comprehensive review of contemporary issues, themes, and concepts of the millennial media universe. Nearly 100 alphabetical entries address such recent and relevant concepts as Blogosphere, Digital Divide, Embedded Journalism, Paparazzi, Shock Jocks, and TiVo. …Recommended. Comprehensive collections supporting researchers or media/communication arts students at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels."

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Choice

"This two-volume set offers many entrance points into the vast topic of media and media literacy that can act as conversation starters in courses across the curriculum. In 88 alphabetic entries, the editors have assembled the writings of academic and professionals who discuss selected controverial or battleground issues related to the media….This useful set includes a list of topics organized by categories, brief biographies of the contributors, a lenghty bibliography and an index. Recommended for high school, public and academic libraries."

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Doug's Student Reference Room

"This specialized, sometimes scholarly titles is a treatise on the past, present, and future of the media, and the effects it has or has had on our daily lives….Eighty-eight entries cover topics ranging from Al Jazeera, reality television, journalists in peril, and pirate radio to television in schools, women's magazines, body image, and shock jocks….This title will be quite useful where media studies are in place."

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School Library Journal

"This two-volume work offers a detailed, comprehensive review of contemporary issues, themes, and concepts of the millennial media universe. Nearly 100 alphabetical entries address such recent and relevant concepts as Blogosphere, Digital Divide, Embedded Journalism, Paparazzi, Shock Jocks, and TiVo….Recommended. Comprehensive collections supporting researchers or media/communication arts students at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels."

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Choice

"This two-volume set offers many entrance points into the vast topic of media and media literacy that can act as conversation starters in courses across the curriculum. In 88 alphabetic entries, the editors have assembled the writings of academic and professionals who discuss selected controverial or battleground issues related to the media….This useful set includes a list of topics organized by categories, brief biographies of the contributors, a lenghty bibliography and an index. Recommended for high school, public and academic libraries."

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Doug's Student Reference Room

"This specialized, sometimes scholarly titles is a treatise on the past, present, and future of the media, and the effects it has or has had on our daily lives….Eighty-eight entries cover topics ranging from Al Jazeera, reality television, journalists in peril, and pirate radio to television in schools, women's magazines, body image, and shock jocks….This title will be quite useful where media studies are in place."

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School Library Journal

"The editors have provided a collection of articles on controversies related to media and communications today. Marketing, values, politics, electronic sources, economics, sociology, advertising, gender issues, and much more are addressed. Bollywood and the Indian diaspora, Digital divide, Net neutrality, and Shock jocks are among the 88 main topics….The set contains useful and interesting information on media issues."

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Booklist

"The editors have provided a collection of articles on controversies related to media and communications today. Marketing, values, politics, electronic sources, economics, sociology, advertising, gender issues, and much more are addressed. Bollywood and the Indian diaspora, Digital divide, Net neutrality, and Shock jocks are among the 88 main topics….The set contains useful and interesting information on media issues."

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Booklist

"This work is recommended for both public and academic libraries, especially those supporting undergraduate programs in communication and mass media."

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ARBA

Library Journal

In 1964, Canadian academic Marshall McLuhan declared that the "Medium is the Message." More than 40 years later, the role of media in American life seems even greater. This two-volume collection, a new installment in Greenwood's "Battleground" series edited by Andersen (director, peace & justice studies, Fordham) and Gray (communications & media studies, Fordham), surveys media-related topics from Al-Jazeera to the blogosphere to satirical news shows that have often created controversies. The entries, ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages and including bibliographic references, vary greatly in quality. Some essays are useful and concise (e.g., "Disabilities and the Media" and "Dating Shows," which includes a possibly unique chronology); entries like "Islam in the Media" repeat the oft-cited claims about stereotyping but don't discuss the overwhelmingly negative but seldom examined portrayal of the West and Westerners in the Arab and Muslim media.
—Donald Altschiller

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

This specialized, sometimes scholarly title is a treatise on the past, present, and future of the media, and the effects it has or has had on our daily lives. Though it is worldwide in scope, the alphabetically arranged work focuses on issues pertaining to the United States. Eighty-eight entries cover topics ranging from Al Jazeera, reality television, journalists in peril, and pirate radio to television in schools, women's magazines, body image, and shock jocks. Each entry contains an opening paragraph that explains the "key concept or battleground topic," cross-references, and a list of further readings. Some entries contain extensive sidebar information or time lines. The format is plain-single-column text with no illustrations, though a few articles are accompanied by tables. This title will be quite useful where media studies are in place.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313341670
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2007
  • Series: Battleground Series
  • Edition description: Two Volume Set
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBIN ANDERSEN is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, as well as Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Fordham University. She is the author of A Century of Media, A Century of War (2006) and Consumer Culture and TV Programming (1995), and coeditor of Critical Studies in Media Commercialism (2000). She appears frequently as a media analyst for a variety of media outlets and educational documentaries. Andersen is also the series editor for Praeger's New Directions in Media series.

JONATHAN GRAY is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He is author of Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality (2006) and the forthcoming Television Entertainment, and is co-editor of Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (2007) and the journal Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture.

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