The Streamlines series of brief, inexpensive single-theme readers is designed to help students write increasingly thoughtful, analytic essays as their understanding of a subject grows. Mass Culture and Electronic Media offers extended exploration of media issues and includes an introduction to the topic, headnotes, questions, and writing assignments. The reader begins with an introduction to the variety of issues surrounding "the media," the collected essayists' approaches to these issues, and possible student approaches.
Introduction Richard Brautigan, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (poem) 1. Cult Heroes and Icons John Updike, The Mystery of Mickey Mouse Stanley Crouch, The King of Narcissism Holly Brubach, The Age of the Female Icon 2. Family, Gender, and the Electronic Media Marie Winn, Family Life Sissela Bok, Aggression: The Impact of Media Violence Mike Males, Who Us? Stop Blaming Kids and TV Barbara Kantrowitz, Men, Women, and Computers 3. Ethnicity and Electronic Media Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Living Room bell hooks, Gangsta Culture Priscilla J. Williams, Hate Radio Laura Chyu, Not in My Living Room (student essay) 4. Reality Reconfigured: Reading the New Electronic Media Robert Scholes, On Reading a Video Text Jon Katz, The Tales They Tell in Cyber-Space Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass, Subliminal Images Steven Holzman, Don't Look Back Connections: Topics for Thought, Research and Writing