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The framework for the book presents a model of the mutual interaction between politics and the media. Attention is focused in the early chapters on how cultural, ideological, economic, and governmental forces shape and condition the production of media in Canada. Chapters on the work of Innis, Grant, McLuhan, and their postmodern successors place the evolution of McLuhan's theoretical argument that "the medium is the message" at the heart of the book. Canadian identity, and how to understand Canadian media politically, is the subject of a chapter on textual analysis. Two extensive chapters follow on the media?s influence and effects on politics.
In addition to standard topics on politics and the media, this new edition offers much more: an examination of the media on the politics of gender and aboriginal peoples, the micro-politics of the media workplace, and an exploration of important media-related considerations. Throughout, reference is made to relevant and compelling issues placed within the context of media theory.
Posted August 14, 2006
Well written and well supported views, this author presents each side of the story without bias, with only a small instance 2/3's of the way through when he makes it clear he does not approve of Conrad Black. I found myself reading passages over and over again as my eyes were opened wider each time. I am now on my third read of this book and have put it on my top list. It is in easy access as I discuss concepts with friends, colleagues and associates. I recommend it to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.