Media, Myths, and Narrative: Television and the Press

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Mass Communication and Culture: Myth and Narrative in Television and the Press seeks to decode some of the messages transmitted by our mass media in terms of the cultural tradition in which they are enmeshed.

Contributors from the fields of both communication and cultural studies, consider subjects as diverse as the narrative elements of news, the structural links between Dallas and the book of Genesis, and Rupert Murdoch as the demon of ...

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Overview

Mass Communication and Culture: Myth and Narrative in Television and the Press seeks to decode some of the messages transmitted by our mass media in terms of the cultural tradition in which they are enmeshed.

Contributors from the fields of both communication and cultural studies, consider subjects as diverse as the narrative elements of news, the structural links between Dallas and the book of Genesis, and Rupert Murdoch as the demon of professional journalism.

The volume as a whole is a fascinating exposition of the thesis that television and the press are not only a part of popular culture but a reflection of it.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - James W Carey
Taking Culture Seriously
PART ONE: OVERVIEWS
Television, Myth and Culture - Roger Silverstone
Television as an Aesthetic Medium - David Thorburn
Myth, Chronicle and Story - Elizabeth Bird and Robert W Dardenne
Exploring the Narrative Qualities of News
PART TWO: TELEVISION
One Night of Prime Time - Horace Newcomb
An Analysis of Television's Multiple Voices
Dallas and Genesis - Tamar Liebes and Elihu Katz
Primordiality and Seriality in Popular Culture
The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Transformation of Situation Comedy - Thomas Zynda
Television Stardom - Jimmie L Reeves
A Ritual of Social Typification and Individualization
Television, Myth and Ritual - Stewart M Hoover
The Role of Substantive Meaning and Spatiality
PART THREE: THE PRESS
The Watergate Audience - Michael Cornfield
Parsing the Powers of the Press
On Journalistic Authority - David L Eason
The Janet Cooke Scandal
What is a Reporter? The Private Face of Public Journalism - Michael Schudson
Rupert Murdoch and the Demonology of Professional Journalism - John Pauly
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