Media Studies, General
Freedom And Entertainment
Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media
Paperback ISBN: 0521676541
Richard Vaughn's account of the development of the American movie rating system situates contemporary cinema within the turbulent context of the history of censorship, America's cultural wars, and the impact of new technologies that have transformed entertainment. Based on the private papers and oral history of Richard D. Heffner, who headed MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration for two decades, from 1974 to 1994, it chronicles the often tense working relationship between Heffner and Jack Valenti, the long-standing currently 83 year old President and Chief Executive of the Motion Picture Association of America. It also documents the sometimes bruising encounters Heffner had with such Hollywood heavyweights as Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, George C. Scott, Lew Wasserman, Arthur Krim, Jerry Weintraub, and many others. Heffner's memoirs reveal the conflicted behind-the-scenes history of the American movie rating system from the perspective of a man once called "the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood". Stephen Vaughn has taught the history of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1981. His previous books include Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics (1994), The Vital Past: Writings on the Uses of History (1985), and Holding Fast the Inner Lines: Democracy, Nationalism and the Committee on Public Information (1980). He is General Editor of a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Journalism, and has published a two-volume annotated bibliography in electronic format.
Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
The Art of Truth
Paperback ISBN: 0195135563
The most inclusive collection of creative nonfiction available, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is the only anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism. Featuring a generous and diverse sampling of more than sixty works, this collection includes beautiful, disturbing, and instructive works of literary memoir by such writers as Mary McCarthy, Annie Dillard, and Judy Ruiz; smart, funny, and moving personal essays by authors ranging from E.B. White to Phillip Lopate to Ntozake Shange; and incisive, vivid, and quirky examples of literary journalism by Truman Capote, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sebastian Junger, and many others. This unique volume also contains examples of captivating nature writing, exciting literary travel writing, brilliant essays in science, surprising creative cultural criticism, and moving literary diaries and journals, incorporating several classic selections to set a context for the contemporary work. The editor's general introduction and introductions to each of the five sections provide useful definitions, crucial history, critical context, and abundant issues to debate. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in creative nonfiction, literary journalism, essay writing, and all levels of composition, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is also an essential resource for all nonfiction writers, from novices to professionals.
Attacks on the Press in 2009
Paperback ISBN: 0944823297
In Iran, dozens of journalists are jailed as the regime silences critical reporting. Somalia becomes a killing field for the press as reporters are slain amid a brutal insurgency. Reporters in Afghanistan and Pakistan face extraordinary pressures from both militants and governments. Attacks on the Press analyzes conditions for the news media in 120 countries across the world, identifying emerging dangers and detailing advances in the struggle for freedom of expression. In Russia, the government pledges to reopen its investigation into a string of unsolved journalist murders. A new generation of Cuban bloggers defies the government and offers fresh hope for the island nation. Throughout the world, journalists are using technology to circumvent official censorship. Compiled annually by the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization, Attacks on the Press is the world's most comprehensive guide to international press freedom.
Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire
100 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life
Hardcover ISBN: 1605295957
Collects responses from Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire page through which celebrities answer a common series of probing personal questions, in a volume that includes entries for such figures as Bette Midler, Salman Rushdie, and Martin Scorsese.
The Numbers Game
The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and In Life
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1592404855
The Strunk and White of statistics team up to help the average person navigate the numbers in the news Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show More or Less, journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by showing how our everyday experiences make sense of numbers. The radical premise of The Numbers Game is to show how much we already know and give practical ways to use our knowledge to become cannier consumers of the media. If you've ever wondered what "average" really means, whether the scare stories about cancer risk should convince you to change your behavior, or whether a story you read in the paper is biased (and how), you need this book. Blastland and Dilnot show how to survive and thrive on the torrent of numbers that pours through everyday life.
Passions, Pieces, and Polemics, 1960-2000
Paperback ISBN: 1888451203
"As 'News Dissector' on Boston radio, Danny Schechter literally educated a generation..." —Noam Chomsky "Danny Schechter, a kind of journalist without borders, has shaken up public broadcasting, among many other media institutions, in the course of his career as a self-styled 'News Dissector' and human rights advocate..." —The Nation News Dissector brings together Schechter’s writings on human rights, politics, and the media over a span of four decades of activism and reporting, including ten years in radio news reporting and twenty years creating television news and public affairs programs and independent documentaries. These pieces provide a fascinating look at the trajectory of what was once simply called “The Movement