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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Everett M. Rodgers
"Clearly written and interesting to read, this book makes good use of the history of famous studies and scholars, covers the waterfront of mass communication topics, and is backed up by a large number of references. . . I would use this text in my Sociology of Mass Communication course."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761919865
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/14/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel. His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, modern terrorism and the mass media. He published six books: Communicating Unreality (Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2000); The Influentials: People Who Influence People (State University of New York Press, 1995); The Theater of Terror (New York: Longman, 1994); Hate on Trial (Toronto: Mosaic, 1986); and The Singaporean Enigma (Jerusalem: Tzivonim, 2001) and Terror On the Internet (Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2007). His papers and research reports, more than 120 publications, have been published in scientific journals and books. He received numerous grants and awards from international foundations and was a Visiting Professor at various universities including University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Hofstra University, Lehigh University (USA), University of Mainz (Germany), Carleton University (Canada) and the National University of Singapore.

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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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