Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Mass Media and Society / Edition 11

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Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Mass Media and Society, Tenth Edition is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in mass media. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading scholars and media commentators, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.

For each issue, the editor provides a concise introduction and postscript summary. The introduction sets the stage for the debate as it is argued in the "yes" and "no" readings. The postscript briefly reviews the opposing opinions and suggests additional readings on the controversial issue under discussion.

By requiring students to analyze contradictory positions and reach considered judgments, Taking Sides actively develops students' critical thinking skills. It is this development of critical thinking skills that is the ultimate purpose of each of the volumes in the widely acclaimed Taking Sides program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078049989
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Taking Sides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,315,570
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     v
Correlation Guide     xviii
Introduction     xx
Media and Social Issues     1
Are American Values Shaped by the Mass Media?     2
Yes: from The Mind Managers (Beacon Press, 1973)   Herbert I. Schiller     4
No: from "Television as a Cultural Forum," Quarterly Review of Film Studies (Summer 1983)   Horace Newcomb   Paul M. Hirsch     13
Is Television Harmful for Children?     26
Yes: from On Media Violence (Sage Publications, 1999)   W. James Potter     28
No: from The Case for Television Violence (Sage Publications, 1999)   Jib Fowles     40
Are Representations of African-American Women in Media Accurate?     49
Yes: from "Shades of Black on Homicide: Life on the Street," Journal of Popular Film and Television (Summer 2005)   Thomas A. Mascaro     51
No: from "Reflection and Distortion: Women of Color in Magazine Advertisements," in Ellen Cole and Jessica Henderson Daniel, eds., Featuring Females (American Psychological Association, 2005)   Janis Sanchez-Hucles   Patrick S. Hudgins   Kimberly Gamble     62
A Question of Content     71
Do Video Games Encourage Violent Behavior?     72
Yes: from "Statement to the Committee on Commerce,Science, and Transportation," United States Senate (March 21, 2000)   Craig A. Anderson     74
No: from "Chasing the Dream-Video Gaming," The Economist (August 6, 2005)   Editorial     81
Do Copyright Laws Protect Ownership of Intellectual Property?     89
Yes: from "Copyright Jungle," Columbia Journalism Review (September/October 2006)   Siva Vaidhyanathan     91
No: from "MySpace and YouTube Meet the Copyright Cops," Searcher (May 2007)   Stephanie C. Ardito     100
Is Advertising Good for Society?     113
Yes: from "How Advertising Informs to Our Benefit," Consumers' Research (April 1998)   John E. Calfee     115
No: from "How the Ad Industry Pins Us Down," New Internationalist (September 2006)   Dinyar Godrej     125
News and Politics     133
Are Political/Military Leaders to Blame for Misinformation in Time of War?     134
Yes: from "Mind Games," Columbia Journalism Review (May/June 2006)   Daniel Schulman     136
No: from "Mainstream News Media, an Objective Approach, and the March to War in Iraq," Journal of Mass Media Ethics (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2006)   Michael Ryan     144
Is Negative Campaigning Bad for the American Political Process?     160
Yes: from "An Exploration of the Effects of Negative Political Advertising on Political Decision Making," Journal of Advertising (Spring 2002)   Bruce E. Pinkleton   Nam-Hyun Um   Erica Weintraub Austin     162
No: from "Accentuating the Negative," USA Today Magazine (May 2004)   Ruth Ann Weaver Lariscy   Spencer F. Tinkham     177
Is Fake News Journalism?     182
Yes: from "No Joke: A Comparison of Substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Broadcast Network Television Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign," Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (June 2007)   Julia R. Fox   Glory Koloen   Volkan Sahin     184
No: from "Late-Night Learning: Do Entertainment Programs Increase Political Campaign Knowledge for Young Viewers?" Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (December 2005)   Barry A. Hollander     198
Regulation     213
Should the Public Support Freedom of the Press?     214
Yes: from "Natural Law and the Right to Know in a Democracy," Journal of Mass Media Ethics (vol. 21, no. 1, 2006)   Jeffrey J. Maciejewski   David T. Ozar     216
No: from "State of the First Amendment 2004" (2004)$dThe Center for Survey Research & Analysis at the University of Connecticut     230
Should Freedom of Speech Ever Be Restricted?     242
Yes: from "Freedom of Speech, Cyberspace, Harassment Law, and the Clinton," Law and Contemporary Problems (2000)   Eugene Volokh     244
No: from "Indecency Survey," www.EdisonResearch.com (March 2004)$dEdison and Jacobs Media Research     254
Has Industry Regulation Controlled Indecent Media Content?     263
Yes: from "Children, Entertainment, and Marketing," Consumer Research (June 2002)   Rhoda Rabkin     265
No: from "The Decency Police," Time (March 28, 2005)   James Poniewozik     273
Is the Use of Video News Releases Bad Journalism?     282
Yes: from "Epidemic: Phony Medical News is on the Rise," Columbia Journalism Review (March/April 2007)   Trudy Lieberman     284
No: from "Video News Releases: Comment of Public Relations Society of America to FCC," Response to Request for Comment, Federal Communications Commission (June 24, 2005)$dPublic Relations Society of America     292
Media Business     303
Can the Independent Musical Artist Thrive in Today's Music Business?     304
Yes: from "Way Behind the Music," Fast Company (February 2007)   Chuck Salter     306
No: from "Pay for Play," Salon.com (March 14, 2001)   Eric Boehlert     313
Can Present Technology Support Internet Growth?     322
Yes: from "Back from the Dead," Business Week (June 25, 2007)   Spencer E. Ante     324
No: from "The Internet Is Broken," Technology Review (December 2005/January 2006)   David Talbot     331
Does Big Media Control the FCC?     342
Yes: from "My Beef with Big Media: How Government Protects Big Media-and Shuts Out Upstarts Like Me," Washington Monthly (July/August 2004)   Ted Turner     344
No: from "Yes, The FCC Should Relax Its Ownership Rules," Congressional Digest (October 2003)   Michael K. Powell     353
Will Print Newspapers Survive in the Current Business Environment?     360
Yes: from "The Race," Columbia Journalism Review (March/April 2007)   Robert Kuttner     362
No: from "Breaking the News," Mother Jones (March/April 2007)   Eric Klinenberg     373
Life in the Digital Age     385
Can Privacy Be Protected in the Information Age?     386
Yes: from "Privacy and the New Technology," The Nation (February 28, 2000)   Simson Garfinkel     388
No: from "The End of Privacy," Forbes (November 29, 1999)   Adam L. Penenberg     396
Are People Better Informed in the Information Society?     403
Yes: from "The Internet Reborn," Technology Review (October 2003)   Wade Roush     405
No: from "Party On, Dudes! Ignorance Is the Curse of the Information Age," The American Spectator (March/April 2002)    Matthew Robinson     412
Contributors     422
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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Poor Quality Text that Has a Good Concept, but Terrible Content that is More Frustrating and Time-Comsuming to read than Fascinating...

    I had to buy this book for a Media/Society class I was taking at my college, and I thought the premise of the book sounded very interesting. It presents a plethora of questions (such as "Are Harry Potter Books Harmful to Children?", "Do Copyright Laws Protect Intellectual Properties?", "Should the Public Support Freedom of the Press?" and many others), along with two articles for each- One article that answers "Yes" to the question and one that answers "No." The Yes/No arguments are collected and compiled from various authors and researchers.

    This book should have been fascinating to read, and fun to research. But it was held back by some serious flaws with the argument articles used.

    The articles used almost always fall into three categories, which stop them from actually being informative...
    (1)-They are oftentimes very long-winded, and tend to drone on and on, to the point of losing focus. At least twice I encountered articles that spent 10-15 pages addressing everything BUT the question at hand, and only devoted about 1-3 paragraphs to discussing the question.
    (2)-Some of the questions present articles that are clearly not adequate for comparison. (Ex. The "Yes" article will be clear, concise, informative, fact-based and compelling, whereas the "No" article would be poorly structured, have juvenile writing, and have no factual information. And vice-versa.)
    (3)-And some of the articles don't address the question at all, beyond a vague relation to the overall topic. (Ex. An article for the question "Does the Media Represent a Realistic Portrayal of Arabs?", while the "No" article was clear and used examples of how poorly Arab people have been generalized/portrayed in movies/television/news programs, the "Yes" article just talks about the growing popularity of blogging in Arab countries, with no adressing the question at all.)

    In addition, I had other problems with this book. I felt that some of the articles chosen were also a little pretentious in how they were written (example, where a simple 5-word sentence would work, the author will write a full paragraph filled with more extravagant synonyms and unneccesarilly big words, just to sound smarter), and I felt that a large amount of editing work should have been performed on the articles, as the above mentioned loss of focus happened very frequently.

    I was very dissapointed by this book. It had a good concept, but it was fouled-up and the articles used were mixed-to-poor.

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