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Media-Mediated Relationships: Straight and Gay, Mainstream and Alternative Perspectives

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Creating a nexus between techno-science and more fundamental disciplines, a phenomenon is emerging in our personal lives: we are beginning to preempt traditional sources for relationship formation; we are becoming more insular and more cautious in starting relationships. The media play an enormous role in our activities, encouraging us to self-advertise in newspapers and magazines, to participate vicariously through pornographic and borderline books, talk radio, and tabloid television, to use our telephones and ...
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1995 Trade paperback First edition. New. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 344 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. THE BOOK IS ... CLEAN AND UNMARKED IN LIKE NEW CONDITION RARE EDITION Read more Show Less

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Overview

Creating a nexus between techno-science and more fundamental disciplines, a phenomenon is emerging in our personal lives: we are beginning to preempt traditional sources for relationship formation; we are becoming more insular and more cautious in starting relationships. The media play an enormous role in our activities, encouraging us to self-advertise in newspapers and magazines, to participate vicariously through pornographic and borderline books, talk radio, and tabloid television, to use our telephones and computers for the ultimate in “safe sex,” to engage in video dating, and to explore many other aspects in the field of technoeroticism.

As straight and gay people alike live in a time of reluctant commitments, a period of playtime, and the Age of AIDS, the time has come to chronicle the role of mass communication in our search for interpersonal connections.

Media-Mediated Relationships investigates the historical, economic, psychological, and sociocultural ramifications of the print and broadcast media, motion pictures, music, and new communications technologies (computers, video, interactive media, virtual reality, phone sex) in terms of both our individual and societal concerns. An extension of “cultivation analysis” by means of systems theory, it reports on a baseline survey of over 200 people regarding relationship mediation—demonstrating yet one more example of the symbiosis among and between various media sources.

A descriptive case study, Media-Mediated Relationships provides a barometer for better understanding the many “singles” and others searching for meaning and relationships in the sociocultural milieu of the 1990s and beyond.

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Taking into consideration various subcultures within society, this study chronicles the role of mass communication in people's search for interpersonal connection. Fuller (communications, Worcester State College, Massachusetts) reports on a survey of some 200 individuals concerning their use of print and broadcast media, motion pictures, music, and technologies such as computers, video, interactive media, virtual reality, and phone sex in their relationships with others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560238546
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introductory Comments About Media-Mediated Relationships 
  • Chapter 2: Media-Mediated Relationships in the Print Media
  • Chapter 3: Media-Mediated Relationships in the Broadcast Media
  • Chapter 4: Media-Mediated Relationships in Communications Technologies
  •  Chapter 5: Media-Mediated Relationships in Motion Pictures, Music, and More
  • Chapter 6: Concluding Comments About Media-Mediated Relationships
  • Appendixes
  • References
  • Index
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