Media and Society, Second Edition is a lively, illustrated introduction to the role that mass media—and the messages and texts they carry—play in our lives and our society. Arthur Asa Berger explores the time we spend with media, media aesthetics, ethics, audiences, media effects, technologies, violence and sexuality in media, and ownership. Featuring updated examples and illustrations, as well as expanded material on media theories and ideology, the new edition of Media and Society helps us understand the relationship between consumers and media—the books, television, radio, magazines, websites, video games, newspapers, movies, and other mass media we encounter every day.
Media and Society provides me with an interesting, provocative, entertaining, and easily understood tool to introduce my students to the intricacies of media influences on American culture. The text's organization around several salient focal points simplifies what other comprehensive mass media texts obscure with voluminous information. Berger's text prompts my students to engage in thoughtful discussion and allows me to creatively supplement the material with relevant, timely examples. This is one textbook my students actually read and enjoy . . . a rare 'find' in over ten years of teaching media courses.
Whether you are a casual observer or serious student of our media-drenched American culture, Arthur Asa Berger's newly revised and updated Media and Society comes highly recommended. Professor Berger's clear, comprehensible writing and discussion makes difficult media theories and techniques of cultural analysis accessible, relatable, and exciting. After much trial and error with other textbooks, I've used this work—and several of Dr. Berger's more than three dozen works—with great success in the classroom. There are few introductory texts that consistently provide students with those elusive 'ah-ha!' moments. With Berger's book, I see it happen time and time again. I simply cannot recommend it to you more highly.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction: You and the Media—A Consideration Chapter 3 1 Media in Our Thoughts and Lives: A Psycho-Social Perspective on Individuals, Society, and the Media Chapter 4 2 Media Usage in the United States Chapter 5 3 The Social Dimension of Media Aesthetics Chapter 6 4 Audiences I: Categories Chapter 7 5 Audiences II: Effects Chapter 8 6 The Social Impact of New Media Technologies Chapter 9 7 The Social Significance of Mass Mediated Texts Chapter 10 8 Media and Violence Chapter 11 9 Media Artists Chapter 12 10 The Mass Culture/Mass Society Hypothesis Chapter 13 11 Media in Society Chapter 14 Glossary Chapter 15 Selected Bibliography