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  • Media and Society An Introduction
    Media and Society An Introduction
  • Media and Society An Introduction
    Media and Society An Introduction


Media and Society examines the role of the media in contemporary society and analyses representations of the world found in advertisements, film, television, photographs and language. It clearly presents theoretical approaches and includes many examples, definitions, issues questions and explanations to aid students' understanding. New this this Edition Updated case studies and 'Issues' boxes, which encourage students to reflect further on the issues discussed in each chapter. Margin notes and design make the text simple for students to navigate. This title is also available as an eBook through VitalSource. If you have any questions about this format, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Author Biography

Michael O'Shaughnessy has taught film and media studies for over twenty-five years in UK and Australian universities. Jane Stadler is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Queensland.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Platesp. x
List of Tablesp. xi
Case Studiesp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The Media-worldp. xv
Guided Tourp. xx
Getting Ready: The Media and Media Studiesp. 1
Defining the Mediap. 3
Media Studiesp. 10
What Do the Media Do to Us? Media and Societyp. 32
What's in a Name? Language and the Social Construction of Realityp. 61
Mediation and Representationp. 75
Texts, Meanings, and Audiencesp. 91
New Media and Technological Developmentp. 107
Pictures: Semiotic Analysisp. 129
Semiologyp. 131
Reading Images and Advertisementsp. 144
Model Essay: Semiotic Analysis of an Advertisementp. 161
Making Sense: Discourse, Ideology, and Hegemonyp. 169
Defining Discourse and Ideologyp. 171
Where Are Discourses and Ideologies Found?p. 179
Dominant Ideology and Hegemonyp. 193
Culture Jamming and Counter-hegemonyp. 213
Stories: Approaches For Narrative Analysisp. 229
Genres, Codes, and Conventionsp. 231
The Language of Film: American Beautyp. 245
Narrative Structure and Binary Oppositionsp. 258
Documentary and Reality TVp. 304
Why Stories?p. 322
Media and Identity: Representation, Impact, and Influencep. 347
Feminism, Postfeminism, and Ideologies of Femininityp. 349
Ideologies and Discourses of Masculinityp. 370
Ethnicity, Ideology, and the Mediap. 395
Stars and Celebritiesp. 416
But they Keep Moving the Posts: Postmodern and Global Perspectivesp. 437
Globalisationp. 458
Conclusionp. 472
Glossaryp. 474
Referencesp. 488
Further Readingp. 500
Indexp. 503
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