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These renowned scholars present 19 issues specific to the interplay of media and society and debate them in this text. After a thoughtful introduction to the issue in that chapter, each author takes a pro or con position to debate the contested topic. Dennis and Merrill provide a context for students to think critically about key media topics and their impact on society by providing a balanced range of timeless and current issues in this unique format.
1. Freedom of the Press. 2. Media-Government Relationship. 3. Concentration of Media Ownership. 4. Media and the Public Trust. 5. The Right to Know. 6. Media Bias and Political Leanings. 7. Media and Elections. 8. Public Opinion and the Polls. 9. The Broadband Revolution. 10. The Internet and New Media. 11. Deciding What Is News. 12. Journalistic Objectivity. 13. Civic/Public Journalism. 14. Journalistic Ethics. 15. Race and Ethnicity. 16. Advertising. 17. Public Relations. 18. Journalism as a Profession. 19. Globalism and the Media. Media Debates Digitology. Index.