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Media in America: The Wilson Quarterly Reader
     

Media in America: The Wilson Quarterly Reader

by Douglas Gomery (Editor), Lawrence W. Lichty (Foreword by)
 
Though few would question the immense role of the media today, few books provide a far-reaching analysis of the media both as industry and influence. This newly updated anthology offers a variety of provocative viewpoints from well-placed industry insiders and knowledgeable observers of journalism, entertainment, and the cultural underpinnings of modern communications

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Though few would question the immense role of the media today, few books provide a far-reaching analysis of the media both as industry and influence. This newly updated anthology offers a variety of provocative viewpoints from well-placed industry insiders and knowledgeable observers of journalism, entertainment, and the cultural underpinnings of modern communications.

The authors discuss literacy, popular culture, and advertising; news and politics; movies and music; and television and new media technologies.

Individual chapters include T.J. Jackson Lears' nuanced survey of the rise of advertising, Leo Bogart's critical evaluation of trends in newspapers, and Edward Tenner's clear-eyed assessment of the future of the Internet. Robert J. Donovan and Ray Scherer cover the entry of television into politics. And Douglas Gomery sets cinema and country music against the backdrop of the business interests that sustain them. Other contributors are Robert Darnton, Anthony J. LaVopa, A.H.Saxon, James Boylan, Michael Cornfield, Frank D. McConnell, Nathan Reingold, Martha Bayles, Todd Gitlin, and Tom Maddox.

This revised edition includes the best and most relevant material from twenty years of the Wilson Quarterly, adds one original article, and offers bibliographic essays indicating additional reading in all areas of media studies. It succeeds the 1989 publication American Media: The Wilson Quarterly Reader, presenting approximately 75 percent new material.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This incarnation (previous, 1989) continues The Wilson Quarterly mission of bringing "the world of scholars and specialists to the intelligent lay reader." In 21 essays, mostly academic pundits assess the historical context and cultural and economic import of: literacy, popular culture, and advertising; news and politics; movies and music; and television and new technologies. Lists further reading for each section, with topics ranging from P.T. Barnum to the cybermarket, and books supported by the Media Studies Project. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Distributed by Johns Hopkins U. Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780943875873
Publisher:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Publication date:
03/31/1998
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.78(d)

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