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Table of Contents

About the Editors
Preface
Pt. I Introduction: Mass Media and Society 3
1 The Origins of Mass Media in the United States 9
2 New Technology and the Future of the Media 19
3 How Communication Works 51
Pt. II Introduction: Print Media 67
4 The Newspaper Business 71
5 The Structural Pluralism, Intermedia Competition, and the Growth of the Corporate Newspaper in the United States 85
6 An American in Paris (and Moscow and Berlin and Tokyo) 109
7 The American Magazine Business: An Overview 119
Pt. III Introduction: Radio and Recording 145
8 Specialization and Competition in Radio 149
9 Meanings of Radio to Teenagers in a Niche-Programming Era 163
10 The Popular Music Industry in Transition 183
11 Orality and Technology: Rap Music and Afro-American Cultural Resistance 207
12 The Emotional Use of Popular Music by Adolescents 217
Pt. IV Introduction: Television and Video 231
13 The Evolution of Commercial Television 237
14 Public Service Broadcasting 253
15 Cable Television 271
16 Chips, Flags, and Warnings: The Environment of Controversial Television Programming 289
17 Video Criticism 303
18 The Impact of the Newer Television Technologies on Television Satisfaction 317
Pt. V Introduction: News 333
19 Television News: How it Works 337
20 Revisited: How Free Are Reporters? 345
21 Sensationalism Versus Public Affairs Content of Local Television News: Pennsylvania Revisited 361
22 How to Watch Television News: What Can You Do? 373
Pt. VI Introduction: Law and Regulation 381
23 Media Ethics Overview 385
24 Mass Media and the Law 393
25 Libel Law and Tabloid News 407
26 Toward a Unifying Regulatory Structure for the Delivery of Broadband Telecommunications Services 421
27 The Channeling Debate: Is Indecency Protected Expression? 443
Pt. VII Introduction: Sex and Violence 453
28 Sex and Indecent Language on Prime Time Television 455
29 Sex and Violence in Slasher Films 471
30 Media Violence 479
Pt. VIII Introduction: Race and Gender 509
31 Race, Ethnicity, and the Media 513
32 From "Beulah" to "Under One Roof": African American Women on Prime-Time Commercial Television 527
33 Women and the Media 541
34 Gender Stereotypes in MTV Commercials: The Beat Goes On 557
Author Index 571
Subject Index 579
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