Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Mass Media and Society / Edition 4by Alison Alexander
Pub. Date: 11/01/1996
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in mass media. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading scholars and media commentators, reflect a variety of viewpoints and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework. Taking Sides actively develops critical thinking skills by requiring students to analyze opposing viewpoints and reach considered judgements.
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Table of ContentsPART 1. Mass Media's Role in Society
ISSUE 1. Are American Values Shaped by the Mass Media?
YES: Neil Postman, from Amusing Ourselves to Death
NO: Horace Newcomb and Paul M. Hirsch, from "Television as a Cultural Forum: Implications for Research," Quarterly Review of Film Studies
ISSUE 2. Is Television Harmful for Children?
YES: W. James Potter, from On Media Violence
NO: Jib Fowles, from The Case for Television Violence
ISSUE 3. Is Emphasis on Body Image in the Media Harmful to Females Only?
YES: Mary C. Martin and James W. Gentry, from "Stuck in the Model Trap: The Effects of Beautiful Models in Ads on Female Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents," Journal of Advertising
NO: Michelle Cottle, from "Turning Boys into Girls," The Washington Monthly
ISSUE 4. Are Newspapers Insensitive to Minorities?
YES: Ruth Shalit, from "Race in the Newsroom," The New Republic
NO: Leonard Downie, Jr. and Donald Graham, from "Race in the Newsroom: An Exchange," The New Republic
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