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Media and Society

Media and Society
Production, Content and Participation

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February 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'This is the media and society text that critical scholars have been waiting for'.
- Professor Mark Andrejevic, Pomona College

This book unpacks the role of the media in social, cultural and political contexts and encourages you to reflect on the power relationships that are formed as a result.

Structured around the three cornerstones of media studies; production, content and participation, this is an ideal introduction to your studies in media, culture and society. The book:

  • Evaluates recent developments in media production, industries and platforms brought about the emergence of interactive media technologies.
  • Examines the shifting relationship between media production and consumption instigated by the rise of social and mobile media, recasting consumption as ‘participation’.
  • Explores the construction of texts and meanings via media representations, consumer culture and popular culture, as well as the relationship between politics and public relations.
  • Assesses the debates around the creative and cultural labour involved in meaning-making.
  • Includes a companion website featuring exercise and discussion questions, links to relevant blogs and web material, lists of further reading and free access to key journal articles.

Chapter 1: Meaning, Representation and Power
Chapter 2: The Industrial Production of Meaning
Chapter 3: Power and Media Production
Chapter 4: The Global Information Economy
Chapter 5: Media and Communication Professionals
Chapter 6: Making News
Chapter 7: Politics and Communication Strategists
Chapter 8: Producing and Negotiating Identities
Chapter 9: Consumer Culture, Branding and Advertising
Chapter 10: Popular Culture
Chapter 11: Social Media, Interactivity and Participation
Chapter 12: Mobile Media, Urban Space and Everyday Life
Chapter 13: Constructing and Managing Audiences
Chapter 14: Managing Participation

This is the media and society text that critical scholars have been waiting for: a clear-eyed, critical, and engagingly written overview of the contemporary culture industry that traces the connections between meaning-making and power that bridge media new and old, analogue and digital, systematically shaping our increasingly pervasive and invasive media environment.

Mark Andrejevic
Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

I adopted it because it was comprehensive, I agree with their main theoretical points, and it builds slowly in each chapter. However, I will probably not adopt again because my students do not understand it. It's too complex for students who are entering a media criticism course for the first time. My students have no theoretical background whatsoever and they find the language and the style too confusing for them.

Dr Raul J. Feliciano
Communication Arts Dept, Suny College At Oneonta
February 27, 2016

The book together with the companion wesite provides an essential insight to media culture.

Mr Julius Erdmann
Department for Romance Studies, University of Potsdam
February 24, 2016

Clear concise information with all the required components for the media module.

Mrs Sarah Mullins
Department of Health, Beauty & Care, North Lindsey College
February 24, 2016

It is a very comprehensive book. The way the authors look to mass communication with a focus on managing meaning and power. That's an eye opener for my students.

Dr Willem Koetsenruijter
Journalism and New Media, Leiden University
September 14, 2015

Good book. Advanced and critical analysis.

Mr David Ness
Social Science, Moray College UHI
June 25, 2015

Takes a very contemporary approach that fits very well with my own rethinking of the sociology of media.

Professor Colin Sumner
Department of Sociology, University College Cork (NUI)
April 27, 2015

A very good overview of the shifting relationship between media production and consumption by way of social and mobile media.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
April 17, 2015

A good book to remember the basics and organize the mind.

Professor Raquel Ribeiro
CAPP, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas
April 2, 2015

The book is excellent for a beginner's course in media and communication studies. It gives a good overview of different aspects and guide the student forward to relevant sources.

Professor Merja Koskela
Department of Communication Studies, University of Vaasa
March 31, 2015

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