This book comes at a good time because up to now commentary on this interface between the law and the media has been naïve. It tends to have described law programmes on television, or legal films and other such things as if they are a separate zone. Or on the other hand there have been books on media law and media-related legal issues, on the whole from legal specialists for other legal specialists. Gies rightly draws on a range of cultural theorists and sociologists to connect up the dots and, what is more, she intelligently adds a convincing theoretical dimension to what seems to be taking place on the plane of communication.
... readers will learn a lot from this timely study, and endorse any academic librarian’s decision to add it to the shelves of their library.' - Library Review, vol. 57 (2008)