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Contemporary Issues in Mass Communication
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Paperback      ISBN: 0688082742

A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous -- to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes -- that TV ought to be eliminated forever.

Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are neutral, benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns.

Unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation
Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation
Paperback      ISBN: 1400065666
The founders of FactCheck.org teach you how to identify and debunk spin, hype, and fake news in this essential guide to informed citizenship in an age of misinformation.

Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media is often too intimidated, too partisan, or too overworked to keep up with these deceptions.

unSpun is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the founders of the acclaimed website FactCheck.org, unSpun reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as:

- the warning signs of spin
- common tricks used to deceive the public
- how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information

Telling fact from fiction shouldn't be a difficult task. With this book and a healthy dose of skepticism, anyone can cut through the haze of political deception and biased eportage to become a savvier, more responsible citizen.

Praise for unSpun

"Read this book and you will not go unarmed into the political wars ahead of us. Jackson and Jamieson equip us to be our own truth squad, and that just might be the salvation of democracy." --Bill Moyers

"The definitive B.S. detector--an absolutely invaluable guidebook."--Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and political analyst, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

"unSpun is an essential guide to cutting through the political fog."--Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent

"The Internet may be a wildly effective means of communication and an invaluable source of knowledge, but it has also become a new virtual haven for scammers-financial, political, even personal. Better than anything written before, unSpun shows us how to recognize these scams and protect ourselves from them."--Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative, Craigslist
Chomsky for Beginners
Chomsky for Beginners
Paperback      ISBN: 0863162339
Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?: How Pessimism, Paranoia, and a Misguided Media Are Leading Us Toward Disaster
Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?
How Pessimism, Paranoia, and a Misguided Media Are Leading Us Toward Disaster
Paperback      ISBN: 0312150563

-In the last twenty years, incidents of crime have declined by 25 percent.
-Automobiles of today emit just 1 percent of the pollution that spewed from cars of the 1970s.
-The national recycling rate is about 22 percent-seven times the rate of only ten years ago.
-The average human life span continues to increase.
Given all of these positive trends, why do so many people envision a bleak future for the world? More to the point, why are so many people scaring themselves to death?
In this lively and accessible expose, author H. Aaron Cohl reveals how media madness and simple human psychology fuel the fires of paranoia. He demonstrates how alarming headlines ("Breast Cancer Strikes One in Eight Women, " "U.S. News and World Report") are frequently derived from misunderstood or misquoted statistics ("Breast cancer strikes on in eight women at age 95," National Cancer Institute).
Readers will learn the encouraging realities of asbestos, drive-by shootings, and pesticides. Cohl also dispels misconceptions about mad cow disease, the greenhouse effect, and the dangers of air travel. Fresh, funny and informative, "Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death? "is a perfect antidote to sensationalized headlines of today's newspapers. H. Aaron Cohl has written a book that will put many troubled minds at ease.

A Is for Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word
A Is for Ox
Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679417117

Explains how the electronic media are altering cognitive development and social interaction among youth, and examines literacy, personal identity, and social alienation

The Age of Manipulation: The Con in Confidence, the Sin in Sincere
The Age of Manipulation
The Con in Confidence, the Sin in Sincere
Paperback      ISBN: 0819186538

Exposes the strategies used by advertisers to manipulate our thoughts and senses.

Beyond Cultural Imperialism: Globalization, Communication and the New International Order
Beyond Cultural Imperialism
Globalization, Communication and the New International Order
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761953302

Moving beyond notions of cultural imperialism, this book furthers our understanding of the implications of global media culture and politics in the 1990s.

Leading scholars from a range of fields bring different perspectives to bear on the role of the state, the range of culture beyond the media, the contribution of international organizations, and the potential for resistance and alternatives. They reflect on the New World International Communications Order′ as delineated since the 1970s, and examine its changing nature. Throughout, they connect analysis of the flows and forces which form the world media and communications with the fundamental themes of social science, and illuminate the ways in which underlying questions

Beyond New Media: Discourse and Critique in a Polymediated Age
Beyond New Media
Discourse and Critique in a Polymediated Age
Hardcover      ISBN: 0739191020

Beyond New Media: Discourse and Critique in a Polymediated Age examines a host of differing positions on media in order to explore how those positions can inform one another and build a basis for future engagements with media theory, research, and practice. Herbig, Herrmann, and Tyma have brought together a number of media scholars with differing paradigmatic backgrounds to debate the relative applicability of existing theories and in doing so develop a new approach: polymediation. Each contributor's disciplinary background is diverse, spanning interpersonal communication, media studies, organizational communication, instructional design, rhetoric, mass communication, gender studies, popular culture studies, informatics, and persuasion. Although each of these scholars brings with them a unique perspective on media's role in people's lives, what binds them together is the belief that meaningful discourse about media must be an ongoing conversation that is open to critique and revision in a rapidly changing mediated culture. By studying media in a polymediated way, Beyond New Media addresses more completely our complex relationship to media(tion) in our everyday lives.

Black Women's Portrayals on Reality Television: The New Sapphire
Black Women's Portrayals on Reality Television
The New Sapphire
Hardcover      ISBN: 1498519326

This book critically analyzes the portrayals of Black women in current reality television. Audiences are presented with a multitude of images of Black women fighting, arguing, and cursing at one another in this manufactured world of reality television. This perpetuation of negative, insidious racial and gender stereotypes influences how the U.S. views Black women. This stereotyping disrupts the process in which people are able to appreciate cultural and gender difference. Instead of celebrating the diverse symbols and meaning making that accompanies Black women's discourse and identities, reality television scripts an artificial or plastic image of Black women that reinforces extant stereotypes. This collection's contributors seek to uncover examples in reality television shows where instantiations of Black women's gendered, racial, and cultural difference is signified and made sinister.

Channel Surfing: Racism, the Media, and the Destruction of Today's Youth
Channel Surfing
Racism, the Media, and the Destruction of Today's Youth
Paperback      ISBN: 0312214448

Kate Moss wears a sexual pout in a Calvin Klein ad. Kurt Cobain's suicide is held aloft as the archetypal example of teen alienation. What truth, if any, is contained in these depictions of today's youth? What message about our children is being transmitted? In Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux turns his gaze to this barrage of media images and sees a message that sells our children short by damning them to the preconceived role of alienated outcast. Surfing from one channel of communication to the next, Giroux builds up a complex web of associations between characters in films, tarnished real-life teen idols, and sexualized presentations of nubile young clothing models to show us the dark vision of our children that rides the airwaves and inhabits the print media. Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux's most fascinating and intriguing book yet, is sure to create controversy and debate at the same time that it calls for a more ethical attitude towards the prospect of our children's future.