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Why Study the Media?


© 1999 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"It's easy to be snobbish about media culture; the great merit of Roger Silverstone's book is to make the reader understand just how important that culture is." --Richard Sennett, New York University "A remarkable book which argues for a new paradigm for the study of the media." --Daniel Dayan, Centre National de la Recherche "A persuasive and sophisticated discussion of the role of the media in modern life at the threshold of the twenty-first century." --Ellen Seiter, University of California "A very important book, one that moves media theory and argument on at long last. This is an attempt to get people to think differently about the media - not just when they are writing essays, but also when they are arguing about media in everyday life." --Simon Frith, University of Stirling The centrality of the media, all media, to human experience - from the conduct of everyday life, to the exercise of power, to the creation of culture - is inescapable. We live in an intensely mediated world. Yet the academic study of the media has rarely made its own insights accessible and relevant to those outside its own limited sphere. Indeed it is constantly under attack for its lack of rigour, aparent failure to address the needs of industry and its inability to tell us anything substantive about the world in which we live. Written as a manifesto and in order to set a new intellectual agenda, "Why Study the Media?" argues for the importance of the media in our culture and society, and the consequent necessity of taking the media seriously as an object of enlightened but rigorous investigation. At once human and humane, "Why Study the Media?" will be welcomed by all those in search of new ways of thinking about our mediated world.
 
The Texture of Experience
 
Mediation
 
Technology
 
Textual Claims And Analytical Strategies
 
Rhetoric
 
Poetics
 
Erotics
 
Dimensions Of Experience
 
Play
 
Performance
 
Consumption
 
Locations of Action and Experience
 
House and Home
 
Community
 
Globe
 
Making Sense
 
Trust
 
Memory
 
The Other
 
Towards a new media politics

In terms of its scope, the issues it addresses and the challenges it presents, this is a hugely valuable contributuion to the literature. An important book that deserves a wide readership.

Journal of Educational Media

It's easy to be snobbish about media culture; the great merit of Roger Silverstone's book is to make the reader understand just how important that culture is.

Richard Sennett
New York University

A remarkable book which argues for a new paradigm for the study of the media.

Daniel Dayan
Centre National de la Recherche

A persuasive and sophisticated discussion of the role of the media in modern life at the threshold of the twenty-first century.

Ellen Seiter
University of California

A very important book, one that moves media theory and argument on at long last. This is an attempt to get people to think differently about the media - not just when they are writing essays, but also when they are arguing about media in everyday life.

Simon Frith
University of Stirling

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