No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior / Edition 1

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How has television affected our everyday experience? This question has generated endless arguments and speculations, but no thinker has addressed the issue with such force and originality as Joshua Meyrowitz in No Sense of Place. Advancing a daring and sophisticated theory, Meyrowitz shows how television and other electronic media create new social situations that are no longer shaped by where we are or who is "with" us.
While other media experts have limited the debate to program content, Meyrowitz focuses on the ways in which television has rearranged "who knows what about whom," making it impossible for us to behave with each other in traditional ways. He shows how television has lifted many of the veils of secrecy between children and adults, men and women, and politicians and average citizens. The result is a series of revolutionary changes, including the blurring of age, gender, and authority distinctions.

Meyrowitz addresses the question of how television has affected our lives by advancing the theory that TV and other electronic media create new social situations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Winner of the 2014 International Communication Association's Fellows Book Award

"... a classic book, richly deserving of the ICA 2014 Fellows Book Award, for its own merit and for the impact on the scholarship of others. No Sense of Place is a landmark in theorizing about media." --Dafna Lemish, International Communication Association

"To date, this is one of the finest presentations on this subject. It is critical that educators, parents, and those involved in our laws and decision-making read this carefully in order to address the negative impact of the electronic media on social behavior and enhance the positive uses of this media." --Anne Taybin, SUNY Stony Brook

"It's rare that such a complex subject is dealt with in such a readable style. Sociologists rarely deal with the media's role in reality construction, resource mobilization, etc., in as concrete a way as Meyrowitz does." --Denis M. Hurley, Pace University, College of White Plains

"A striking analysis of television's impact on our culture." --Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist

"A luminous contribution to the social psychology of our time." --Stanley Milgram, author of Obedience to Authority

"Among the most important books on media yet written; a masterful piece of scholarship." --Channels

"Brilliant...a theoretical tour de force." --Journal of Communication

"A very impressive work that provides new insights into the bearing of the structure of information access in society on a surprising variety of social phenomena. The book is exceptionally well written and well reasoned. It is a display of the sociological imagination in the very best sense of that phrase." --Contemporary Sociology

"Deserves our undivided attention....An outstanding contribution." --Communication Quarterly

"The most evocative and perceptive theory of mass media effects published in the last twenty years." --Joseph Dominick, University of Georgia

"A stimulating, thoughtful analysis. Should be read by all persons interested in the media's impact on social behavior." --Joseph P. McKerns, Southern Illinois University

"Fascinating...Meyrowitz is a clear writer, most important, he is a clear, original thinker." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195042313
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Communication
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Behavior in Its Place
Part I--Media as Change Mechanisms
Media and Behavior: A Missing Link
Media, Situations, and Behavior
Why Roles Change When Media Change
Part II--From Print Situations to Electronic Situations
The Merging of Public Spheres
The Blurring of Public and Private Behaviors
The Separation of Social Place from Physical Place
Part III--The New Social Landscape
New Group Identities
New Ways of Becoming
Questioning Authority
Effect Loops
Part IV--Three Dimensions of Social Change
The Merging of Masculinity and Femininity
The Blurring of Childhood and Adulthood
Lowering the Political Hero to Our Level
Part V--Conclusion
Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?
Appendix: Discussion of Terms

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