Mass Communication And American Social Thought / Edition 1

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Overview

This anthology of hard-to-find primary documents provides a solid overview of the foundations of American media studies. Focusing on mass communication and society and how this research fits into larger patterns of social thought, this valuable collection features key texts covering the media studies traditions of the Chicago school, the effects tradition, the critical theory of the Frankfurt school, and mass society theory. Where possible, articles are reproduced in their entirety to preserve the historical flavor and texture of the original works. Topics include popular theater, yellow journalism, cinema, books, public relations, political and military propaganda, advertising, opinion polling, photography, the avant-garde, popular magazines, comics, the urban press, radio drama, soap opera, popular music, and television drama and news. This text is ideal for upper-level courses in mass communication and media theory, media and society, mass communication effects, and mass media history.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Some of the work gathered in this remarkable collection of excerpts—from essays, books, journals, fiction, academic research, and popular writing—has long been out of print, and Peters and Simonson's intention was to make these works available to a broad readership. In their introductory chapter, the editors provide an informative, enthusiastic rationale for the project and their choices and also an overview of the evolution of writing and thought about mass communication. Peters and Simonson also provide lists of supplementary collections and of films that 'raise questions about the meaning of media for modern social life.' They close their valuable collection with a selected bibliography. Recommended.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
Includes nearly 70 papers or excepts from important theorists and researchers over a half century period vital to the formation of an academic discipline. A very useful addition to the literature which should open links for new readers to important historical work.
Susan Herbst
Mass Communication and American Social Thought is a tour de force, a collection like no other in our field. Peters and Simonson have not simply compiled our greatest essays. This volume maps nearly all we know about the essential dynamics of mass communication, constructing a fierce dialogue among brilliant writers who never had the chance to argue in person. It is a compelling approach, bringing the famous essays together with forgotten works into one powerful book. This collection will change how we think about our discipline and is required reading for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in the evolution of American mass media.
Elihu Katz
This collection of classics is a major step toward the grounding of collective memory for our field.
Craig Calhoun
This is an enormously useful collection, not only for students of the history of communications, but for all who are interested in the history of American social thought. It should also help in the important task of putting questions of large scale communication at the center of contemporary debates about the future of democracy.
CHOICE
Some of the work gathered in this remarkable collection of excerpts—from essays, books, journals, fiction, academic research, and popular writing—has long been out of print, and Peters and Simonson's intention was to make these works available to a broad readership. In their introductory chapter, the editors provide an informative, enthusiastic rationale for the project and their choices and also an overview of the evolution of writing and thought about mass communication. Peters and Simonson also provide lists of supplementary collections and of films that 'raise questions about the meaning of media for modern social life.' They close their valuable collection with a selected bibliography. Recommended.
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Meet the Author

John Durham Peters is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Peter Simonson is assistant professor of communication at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : mass communication and American social thought : key texts, 1919-1968 1
1 The process of social change 21
2 The house of dreams 25
3 From Winesburg, Ohio 30
4 From the Introduction to the science of sociology 31
5 Nature, communication, and meaning 35
6 The disenchanted man 36
7 Criteria of Negro art 42
8 The results of papaganda 47
9 Manipulating public opinion : the why and the how 51
10 From Middletown : a study in contemporary American culture 58
11 Communication 74
12 Conclusion 91
13 The integration of communication 95
14 Toward a critique of Negro music 98
15 From technics and civilization 102
16 The business nobody knows 106
17 The influence of radio upon mental and social life 110
18 Foreword 116
19 Human interest stories and democracy 118
20 From The fine art of propaganda (1939) 124
21 A powerful, bold, and unmeasurable party? 128
22 Democracy in reverse 134
23 Needed research in communication
24 On borrowed experience : an analysis of listing to daytime sketches 139
25 Art and mass culture 157
26 Administrative and critical communications research 166
27 The popular music industry 174
28 From dialectic of enlightenment (1944) 180
29 Nazi propaganda and violence 182
30 Biographies in popular magazines 188
31 The Negro press 206
32 A social critique of radio music 210
33 The social and cultural context 215
34 The requirements 218
35 Mass media 222
36 The enormous radio 224
37 Mass communication, popular taste, and organized social action 230
38 Table from cummunication research and the social psychologist 242
39 Information, language, and society 243
40 Consensus and mass communication 249
41 What 'missing the newspaper' means 254
42 Industrialism and cultural values 275
43 Emerging from magic 280
44 Storytellers as tutors in technique 293
45 Our next frontier ... transoceanic TV 309
46 Communication in the Sovietized state, as demonstrated in Korea 310
47 The consumer's stake in radio and television 318
48 The unique perspective of television and its effect : a pilot study 328
49 Technology and political change 338
50 A theory of mass culture 343
51 Sight, sound, and fury 353
52 Between media and mass 358
53 The theory of mass society : a critique 364
54 Mass communication and para-social interaction : observations on intimacy at a distance 373
55 The mass society 387
56 FDR and the White House mail 401
57 Notes on a natural history of fads 409
58 Mass communication and socio-cultural integration 417
59 Modernizing styles of life : a theory 426
60 The social-anatomy of the romance-confession cover girl 434
61 The state of communication research 440
62 The state of communication research : comments 446
63 What is mass communication? 454
64 Social theory and mass media 457
65 Television and the public interest 465
66 The Kennedy assassination and the nature of political commitment 472
67 TV overseas : the U.S. hard sell 480
68 Aggressiveness in advanced industrial societies 485
Other readers and historical collections in American mass communication study and related subjects 499
The intellectual history of North American media studies, 1919-1968 : a selected bibliography (including works cited in interpretive essays) 509
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