What Media Classes Really Want to Discuss: A Student Guide

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Overview

What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss focuses on topics that introductory textbooks generally ignore, although they are prominent in students' minds. Using approachable prose, this book will give students a more precise critical language to discuss "common sense" phenomena about media.

The book acknowledges that when students begin introductory film and television courses they already know a great deal about the subject. What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss provides students with a solid starting point for discussing their assumptions critically and encourages the reader to argue with the book, furthering the "discussion" on media in everyday life and in the classroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415778121
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 225,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg M. Smith is Professor of Moving Image Studies in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. Recent publications include Beautiful TV: The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal (2007) and Film Structure and the Emotion System (2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

1 "It's just a movie": why you should analyze film and television 1

Part I Discussing how media work 11

2 What is realism, really? 13

3 How do we identify with characters? 35

4 Genre shmenre 52

Part II Discussing media and society 69

5 "Studies show": how to understand media violence/effects research 71

6 Role models and stereotypes: an introduction to the "Other" 88

Part III Discussing media's future now 115

7 What difference does a medium make? 117

8 What is interactivity? 135

Index 154

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