Myths for the Masses: An Essay on Mass Communication / Edition 1

Myths for the Masses: An Essay on Mass Communication / Edition 1

by Hanno Hardt
     
 

With a lively and engaging style, Myths for the Masses provides a critical, interdisciplinary, and historically informed statement about the rise of mass communication in Western societies, and its impact on contemporary life. Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, this book ponders the dominant and the detrimental effects of the

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With a lively and engaging style, Myths for the Masses provides a critical, interdisciplinary, and historically informed statement about the rise of mass communication in Western societies, and its impact on contemporary life. Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, this book ponders the dominant and the detrimental effects of the mass-produced message in an age overrun by telecommunications and consumerism, and examines its detrimental effects.

Hanno Hardt convincingly argues that the active presence of media organizations rather than the collective will of the people, forms and re-forms the social, cultural, economic and political landscapes of society. The book exposes mass communication to a close examination of many of its real or assumed functions in a modern world, and re-evaluates its traditional role as a bastion of democracy and a celebrant of mass society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631236214
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/12/2004
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.61(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Mass Communication and the Promise of Democracy.

2. Mass Communication and the Meaning of Self in Society.

Bibliography.

Subject Index.

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