Communicating Unreality: Modern Media and the Reconstruction of Reality / Edition 1

Communicating Unreality: Modern Media and the Reconstruction of Reality / Edition 1

by Gabriel Weimann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761919864

ISBN-13: 9780761919865

Pub. Date: 10/14/1999

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Reviewing the images and meanings of the mass-mediated world, Gabriel Weimann examines the symbolic environment, where reality and fiction are almost inseparable. Through discussion of mass-mediated images of people, cultures, war, love, sex, death, community, and identity, he demonstrates that there is often a large gap between reality and the reconstruction of

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Overview

Reviewing the images and meanings of the mass-mediated world, Gabriel Weimann examines the symbolic environment, where reality and fiction are almost inseparable. Through discussion of mass-mediated images of people, cultures, war, love, sex, death, community, and identity, he demonstrates that there is often a large gap between reality and the reconstruction of "realities" as communicated by the mass media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761919865
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/14/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
PART ONE: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF REALITY
Living in a Mediated World
The Debate Over Media Effects
Cultivation and Mainstreaming
The Psychology of Cultivation
PART TWO: MEDIATED REALITIES
The Mean and Scary World
Sex and Sexuality
Death and Suicide
The World According to MTV
Portrayal of Groups
Images of America
The Unreal War
PART THREE: CONCLUSIONS
Virtual Reality:
Virtual or Real?
Communicating Unreality

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