9780195415285

Mass Communication in Canada

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    9780195415285

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    0195415280

  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2000-08-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

This edition has been thoroughly revised with updated examples and information. The text is illustrated by numerous photos, media articles, political cartoons, and various samples of communications material.

Author Biography

Michael Gasher is Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Concordia University.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Communications and Society
1(29)
Introduction
1(5)
Communications: Principles and Range of Influence
6(6)
The Social Dimension
6(1)
The Political Dimension
7(1)
The Economic Dimension
8(1)
The Educational Dimension
9(2)
The Cultural Dimension
11(1)
The Technological Dimension
11(1)
The Familial or Primary Social Group Dimension
11(1)
The Individual Dimension
12(1)
Communication as Transmission and as Transformation
12(3)
Oral Society
15(3)
Literate Society
18(3)
Electronic Society
21(2)
Modes of Communication
23(4)
Oral and Literate Communication
23(1)
Electronic Oral Communication
24(1)
Electronic Audiovisual Communication
25(1)
Electronic Digital Communication
26(1)
Other Derivative and Different Viewpoints
27(1)
Summary and Book Overview
27(3)
Related Web Sites
29(1)
Key References
29(1)
Study Guide
29(1)
Modern Society: Mass Communication, the Mass Media, and Public Communication
30(24)
Introduction: Definitions
30(1)
Mass Communication
30(6)
The Mass Media
36(15)
A Distinct Set of Activities
36(1)
Particular Technological Configurations
37(1)
Formally Constituted Institutions
38(3)
Certain Laws, Rules, and Understandings
41(4)
Persons Occupying Certain Roles
45(4)
Information, Entertainment, Images, and Symbols
49(1)
The Mass Audience
50(1)
Public Communication
51(1)
Summary
52(2)
Related Web Sites
53(1)
Key References
53(1)
Study Guide
53(1)
Democracy, Politics, Culture, and the Media
54(26)
Information and Democracy in Europe
54(4)
The Beginnings of the Modern Press
58(1)
From the Press to the Media
58(2)
The Place of the Media in Society
60(3)
Political Economic Theory
62(1)
Libertarian Theory
62(1)
Social Responsibility Theory
63(1)
Canada: Liberal Principles in a Conservative State
63(2)
The Mass Media and Canadian Realities
65(1)
The Mass Media and Canadian Culture
66(4)
Canadian Culture in the Media, 1945-present
67(3)
Politics and the Canadian Media
70(6)
Information Needs, Communications Actualities, and the United Nations
76(1)
Summary
77(3)
Related Web Sites
78(1)
Key References
78(1)
Study Guide
79(1)
Media Content
80(46)
A Mathematical Model of Communication
80(2)
A Social Model of Communication
82(1)
Signification
82(2)
The Indeterminacy of Representation and its Implications
84(2)
Theoretical Perspectives on the Study of Content
86(20)
Literary Criticism
86(1)
Structuralism, Semiotics, and Post-structuralism
87(4)
Pragmatics, Discourse, and Conversational Analysis
91(2)
Content Analysis
93(1)
Political-Economic Analysis
94(1)
Media Form Analysis
95(11)
Mechanisms of Media/Culture Binding
106(3)
Mainstreaming
107(1)
Media Presentations and Social and Political Agendas
107(2)
Media Creating Meaning: Possibilities and Limitations
109(1)
Media and Reality: Media Devices and Real Life
110(9)
Media Violence and Normalization
111(3)
Challenging Other Standards
114(1)
Media Reductionism
115(4)
Summary
119(1)
Appendix: A Semiotic Analysis of a Black Label Ad Series
120(6)
Related Web Sites
125(1)
Key References
125(1)
Study Guide
125(1)
Media and Audiences
126(30)
A Theoretical Synthesis of Meaning-Generating Systems
126(2)
Five Perspectives on Audiences
128(11)
Effects Research
128(4)
Uses and Gratification Research
132(1)
Cultural Studies
132(5)
Feminist Research
137(1)
Reception Analysis
138(1)
Industry Audience Research
139(5)
The World's Best Readership Database -- PMB, A Case Study
144(9)
Audience Research and the Public Interest
153(1)
Summary
154(2)
Related Web Sites
155(1)
Key References
155(1)
Study Guide
155(1)
Communications Law and Policy
156(21)
The Legal and Regulatory Frameworks of Communications
157(1)
Policy Development
158(2)
Telecommunications Policy
160(4)
Common and Contract Carriers
162(1)
Telecommunications Regulation over the Years
162(2)
Satellite Communications
164(1)
Broadcasting Policy
164(10)
Technology
168(3)
Access and Content
171(2)
A Future for Broadcast Regulation?
173(1)
Summary
174(3)
Related Web Sites
175(1)
Key References
176(1)
Study Guide
176(1)
Cultural Industries Law and Policy
177(26)
Cultural Industries Policy by Sector
180(20)
Film and Video
180(6)
Music Recording
186(3)
Book Publishing
189(5)
Magazine Publishing
194(4)
Newspaper Publishing
198(2)
Summary
200(3)
Related Web Sites
201(1)
Key References
201(1)
Study Guide
202(1)
The Structure and Role of Ownership
203(31)
Individual Freedom, Public Interest, and the Free Market
205(3)
Market Economics and Cultural Production
207(1)
Function and Ownership of Media: A Historical Background
208(2)
Free Press, Free Market
209(1)
Organizing Structures
210(9)
Public Ownership
219(3)
Forms of Public Ownership
221(1)
Private Ownership
222(4)
Forms of Private Ownership
223(3)
Tempering the Profit Motive
226(2)
Implications of Private Media Ownership
228(4)
Concerns and Future Trends
229(3)
Summary
232(2)
Related Web Sites
233(1)
Key References
233(1)
Study Guide
233(1)
Journalists as Content Producers
234(26)
News as Content Production
234(3)
Ideals of Journalism
237(2)
Newsmakers
239(2)
The Legal and Policy Contexts of News Production
241(4)
The European Context
242(1)
The American Context
243(2)
Canadian Law and Journalism
245(4)
Access to Information
246(1)
Libel
247(1)
Privacy
248(1)
Contempt of Court
249(1)
Making News (and Profits?)
249(3)
Ownership and Control
252(5)
News as Storytelling
257(1)
Summary
258(2)
Related Web Sites
259(1)
Key References
259(1)
Study Guide
259(1)
Communications Technology and Society: In Theory and in Reality
260(33)
Technology and Society
260(1)
Technology Defined
261(1)
Technology and Technological Determinism
262(2)
The Limitations of Technology
263(1)
The Nature of Communications Technology
264(1)
Technology and the Communications Industries
265(4)
Technological Convergence
266(1)
Technology and Policy
267(2)
Technological Development: Rationales and Realities
269(2)
Technology Transfer
270(1)
Regulating Communications Technology -- The Fundamentals
271(1)
Technology at the Beginning of Millennium III
272(2)
Pure Magic
273(1)
Achievements in the Information World
274(10)
Increased Flexibility in Personal Communications
275(1)
Increased Flexibility in Producer Communications
275(3)
Increased Flexibility in Sourcing Through Easy Communications
278(1)
Increased Ability to Perform Tasks
278(1)
New Services and Products
279(3)
Capturing and Changing Behaviour
282(1)
Creating Virtual Reality
283(1)
Nuisances, Problems, Dangers
284(4)
System Vulnerability
284(1)
Hypes
285(1)
Crime
286(1)
The Bizarre
286(1)
Espionage
287(1)
Information Wars
287(1)
The `So-What' of Technological Development
288(1)
Reflections on Our Technological Society
289(1)
Summary
290(3)
Related Web Sites
291(1)
Key References
292(1)
Study Guide
292(1)
Globalization
293(20)
Globalization Defined
293(2)
Mass Media as Agents of Globalization
295(2)
Global Trade in Information
297(6)
Theories of Imperialism and Dependency
301(2)
A New World Information and Communication Order
303(4)
From NWICO to Now
307(2)
Changing Notions of Place
309(2)
Summary
311(2)
Related Web Sites
311(1)
Key References
312(1)
Study Guide
312(1)
Communication in a Digital Age
313(14)
From Mass to Public Communication
314(1)
Communication and Democracy
315(2)
Content and Audiences
317(3)
Four Influences on Media Operations
320(5)
Policy
320(1)
Ownership
320(1)
Professionalism
321(1)
Technology
322(1)
Policy Trends
323(2)
Globalization
325(1)
Summary
326(1)
Key References
326(1)
Study Guide
326(1)
Glossary 327(9)
References 336(14)
Index 350

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