Media in America: The Wilson Quarterly Reader

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Twenty outstanding essays from the engaging and readable Wilson Quarterly magazine illuminate journalism, entertainment, and the cultural underpinnings of modern communications. Media in America's sections cover literacy, popular culture, and advertising; news and politics; movies and music; and television and new media technologies. A natural for classes in journalism and media studies, Media in America: The Wilson Quarterly Reader includes the best and most relevant material from twenty years of the Wilson ...
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Twenty outstanding essays from the engaging and readable Wilson Quarterly magazine illuminate journalism, entertainment, and the cultural underpinnings of modern communications. Media in America's sections cover literacy, popular culture, and advertising; news and politics; movies and music; and television and new media technologies. A natural for classes in journalism and media studies, Media in America: The Wilson Quarterly Reader 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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943875873
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/1998
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Literacy, Popular Culture, and Advertising
1 Toward a History of Reading 3
2 The Birth of Public Opinion 21
3 P. T. Barnum and the American Museum 34
4 The Rise of American Advertising 47
Further Reading: Literacy, Popular Culture, and Advertising 59
News and Politics
5 Newspapers in Transition 69
6 Newspeople 78
7 Ambivalent Victorian 90
8 Politics Transformed 99
9 How to Read the Campaign 114
Further Reading: News and Politics 124
Movies and Music
10 Hollywood's Business Today 135
11 The Movies and TV: A Revisionist History 147
12 We are not Alone 156
13 A Footnote to History: MGM Meets the Atomic Bomb 160
14 Hollow Rock and the Lost Blues Connection 169
15 This Surprising Business of Country Music 191
Further Reading: Movies and Music 203
Television and New Technologies
16 As the Dial Turns 215
17 Flat and Happy 222
18 Seeing Through the Tube 233
19 In Search of the Cybermarket 246
20 Learning from the Net 256
21 The Cultural Consequences of the Information Superhighway 267
Further Reading: Television and New Technologies 274
About the Authors 283
Books Supported by the Media Studies Project 287
Index 289
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