Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States / Edition 4

Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States / Edition 4

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Allyn & Bacon, Inc.


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Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States / Edition 4

Recognizing the significant "voices" of such non-traditional media as suffrage newspapers, ethnic newspapers, and cultural movement papers and magazines, this book emphasizes that mainstream newspapers and broadcast outlets are not the only types of media that have impacted American history. The third edition of this book continues to view media within a social, political, and economic framework and considers the impact of owners, audiences, journalists, technology and government. It also increases its material on relationships between the US and England and the emphasis on the triumph of large-circulation magazines. New material on converging communication media in relation to the Internet and Interactive computing is also included. Media historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205335466
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Edition description: REV
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 7.42(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Media in Early America1
Chapter 1Crossing the Atlantic3
Printing Revolution as a Catalyst for Social Change4
Prior Restraint in England: Publishing Precedent7
British America10
Publishing--A Commercial Enterprise15
Chapter 2Resistance and Liberty33
Impartiality: Principle of Economics?34
Resistance Personified: The Zenger Trial34
Colonial Resistance to Economic Policy39
Economic Resistance Turns Political41
News of Congress and of War45
Newspapers for a Continent56
Chapter 3Forming a New Nation65
Constitutional Politics and the Press67
Evolution of the Commercial Press72
Political Press and National Politics75
Chapter 4Diversity in the Early Republic91
Newspapers and an Informed Public92
Book Publishing as a Challenge to Cultural Norms110
Chapter 5Penny Papers in the Metropolis116
Characteristics of the Penny Press118
The New York Leaders120
Reasons for Development130
Part 2Media in an Expanding Nation139
Chapter 6Expansion Unifies and Divides141
Transportation and Communication142
Communication and the Movement Westward151
Oral Culture and the Lecture Circuit159
Evolution of the Penny Press161
Press Development in the Antebellum South167
Chapter 7Communication Issues in the Antislavery Movement and the Civil War173
The Abolitionist Movement: Printed Products in an Age of Change175
Restrictions on Publishing185
The Civil War187
Photography and Pictorial Illustration199
Chapter 8Modernization and Printed Products207
A Magazine Revolution208
Challenge of Modernization216
Pleas for Equality and Progress227
Chapter 9Mass Markets and Mass Culture243
Advertising and Mass Culture244
Mass Press for a Mass Audience251
Business Promotes Itself272
Professionalization and Exclusion274
Critique of the Press278
Chapter 10Reform is My Religion283
Impact of Immigration on Society and Publications284
The Suffragist Press288
Black Press at the Turn of the Century294
Agrarian Press and the Lecture Circuit296
Part 3Media in a Modern World307
Chapter 11Progressivism and World Wari309
Mass-Market Muckraking310
Newspapers in the Early Twentieth Century318
Control of Information during the War323
Media Reaction to the War336
Correspondents at the Front342
Electronic Media's Debut345
Chapter 12Media and Consumer Culture355
Radio: What Have They Done with My Child?356
Newsreels: Facts and Fakery362
Going to the Movies363
Advertising and Consumer Culture365
Public Relations: A Corporate Necessity371
The 1920s Newspaper and Nationalization373
Novels and Pulps380
Chapter 13Depression and Disillusion385
Media Content as Interpretation386
Media Content as Entertainment402
Media and Government405
Chapter 14Images of War418
A Radio War419
Media and Government429
Television Technology Emerges from the Wings440
Black Press Reflects Increased Consumer Power442
Part 4Corporate Power and Globalization449
Chapter 15Electronic Images in a Cold War451
Media Compete for Audiences and Advertising453
Media and the Advertising Industry460
Media and Public Relations: The Image of Business462
Media, Government, and Politics464
A Few Lonely Voices of Dissent472
Chapter 16Affluence and Activism477
At Home and Abroad: The Big Stories479
Electronic Media and the Global Village487
Questions of Media Monopoly, Regulation, and Technology489
Cultural Change in the Newsrooms497
Government and the Press498
Credibility and Ethics505
Language of 1960s Journalism507
Magazines: Death or Specialization509
Chapter 17News as a Corporate Enterprise518
Corporate and Public Ownership520
Deregulation and the FCC523
New Technology: Networks in Decline524
Technologies of the 1980s525
Computers and an Information Society528
Information via the Internet530
Government News Management in Modern War531
Management of Special-Interest News536
Changing News Agenda for Newspapers539
Chapter 18New Technologies and Globalization545
Technologies and Regulation546
Media Convergence549
Consequences of Media Consolidation553
Television, Politics, and Democracy555
The Global Picture559
The Mainstream Newspaper Press561
Ethnic Media563

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