'In his beautifully balanced, clear and broad-ranging account of a fast-changing field, Paul Hodkinson has successfully brought together myriad perspectives with which to critically analyse today's media culture and media society' - Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Media & communication, LSE Clearly organized, systematic and combining a critical survey of the field with a finely judged assessment of cutting edge developments, this book provides a 'must have' contribution to media and communication studies. The text is organized into three distinctive parts, which fall neatly into research and teaching requirements: Elements of the Media (which covers media technologies, the organization of the media industry, media content and media users); Media, Power and Control (which addresses questions of the media and manipulation, the construction of news, public service broadcasting, censorship, commercialization); and Media, Identity and Culture (which covers issues of the media and ethnicity, gender, subcultures, audiences and fans).
The book is notable for: / Logical and coherent organization / Clarity of expression / Use of relevant examples / Fair minded criticism / Zestful powers of analysis It has all of the qualities to be adopted as core introductory text in the large and buoyant field of media and communication studies.
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Media, Culture and Society
'In his beautifully balanced, clear and broad-ranging account of a fast-changing field, Paul Hodkinson has successfully brought together myriad perspectives with which to critically analyse today's media culture and media society' - Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Media & Communication, LSE Paul Hodkinson's bestseller is back, once again exploring the concepts and complexities of the media in an accessible, balanced, and engaging style. Additions to the second edition include: *A new chapter on advertising and sponsorship. *Extensive revision and updating throughout all chapters. *New material on technologies, censorship, online news, fan cultures and representations of poverty. *Greater emphasis on and examples of digital, interactive and mobile media throughout. *Fully reworked chapter on media, community and difference. *Up-to-date examples covering everything from social media, contemporary advertising, news events and mobile technologies, to representations of class, ethnicity and gender.
Combining a critical survey of the field with a finely judged assessment of cutting-edge developments, this second edition cements its reputation as the 'must have' text for any undergraduate student studying media, culture and society. Paul Hodkinson is a Reader at the University of Surrey