The Media and The Public:

The Media and The Public: "Them" and "Us" in Media Discourse / Edition 1

by Stephen Coleman, Karen Ross
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405160403

ISBN-13: 9781405160407

Pub. Date: 03/23/2010

Publisher: Wiley

The Media and the Public explores the ways a range of media, from the press to television to the Internet, has constructed and represented the public. Stephen Coleman and Karen Ross argue that the public is always a product of representation, that there is no a priori public that is captured or recorded by the media. Instead, the public is invoked through

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The Media and the Public explores the ways a range of media, from the press to television to the Internet, has constructed and represented the public. Stephen Coleman and Karen Ross argue that the public is always a product of representation, that there is no a priori public that is captured or recorded by the media. Instead, the public is invoked through processes of mediation that are dominated by political, institutional, economic, and cultural forces. Twenty-first century publics witness themselves more than any public in history – in vox pops, phone-ins, studio-audience discussions, soap opera dramatizations, reality TV formats, and beyond – but they do not control their own image. Mediated publics are vulnerable to misrepresentation by media images that fail to reflect their diversity and complexity. Through an exploration of citizen journalism, street newspapers, participatory media, online public consultations, and the blogosphere, Stephen Coleman and Karen Ross identify a more comprehensive and diverse set of public voices who are using media outlets to speak for themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405160407
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Series:
Communication in the Public Interest Series, #10
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction. Them and us: Meet Joe the Plumber

1. Imagining the public

2. Public spheres

3. The managed public

4. Counterpublics and alternative media

5. Virtual publicness

6. Fractured publics, contested publicness

Notes

Bibliography

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