James Carey: A Critical Reader

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James Carey - scholar, media critic, and teacher of journalists - almost single-handedly established the importance of defining a cultural perspective when analyzing communications. Interspersing Carey's major essays with articles exploring his central themes and their importance, this collection provides a critical introduction to the work of this significant figure. In James Carey: A Critical Reader, sever scholars who have been influenced by him consider his work and how it has affected the development of ...
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Overview

James Carey - scholar, media critic, and teacher of journalists - almost single-handedly established the importance of defining a cultural perspective when analyzing communications. Interspersing Carey's major essays with articles exploring his central themes and their importance, this collection provides a critical introduction to the work of this significant figure. In James Carey: A Critical Reader, sever scholars who have been influenced by him consider his work and how it has affected the development of media studies. Carey has examined the roles the media and the academy have played in creating and maintaining a public sphere, as well as the ways technology helps or hinders that project. Carey's themes range from the strains on democracy and drawbacks of technology to the critique of journalism and the politics of academe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816627035
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Introduction / On the Origins of Media Studies (and Media Scholars) 3
1 The Chicago School and the History of Mass Communication Research 14
2 The Roots of Modern Media Analysis: Lewis Mumford and Marshall McLuhan 34
3 Communications and Economics 60
Pt. II Introduction / The Problem of Journalism History, 1996 79
4 The Problem of Journalism History 86
5 "Putting the World at Peril": A Conversation with James W. Carey 95
Pt. III Introduction / Famed Psychic's Head Explodes: James Carey on the Technology of Journalism 119
6 The Communications Revolution and the Professional Communicator 128
7 The Dark Continent of American Journalism 144
Pt. IV Introduction / "We'll Have That Conversation": Journalism and Democracy in the Thought of James W. Carey 191
8 "A Republic, If You Can Keep It": Liberty and Public Life in the Age of Glasnost 207
9 The Press, Publica Opinion, and Public Discourse: On the Edge of the Postmodern 228
Pt. V Introduction / James Carey's Academy 261
10 Political Correctness and Cultural Studies 270
11 Salvation by Machines: Can Technology Save Education? 292
Afterword: The Culture in Question 308
Bibliography of Works by James W. Carey 341
Contributors 347
Index 351
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