Media Studies, General
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Paperback ISBN: 1590173554
Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists of modern times. Leaving England for America, she pursued a career as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly, publicizing not only the misdeeds of, most famously, the funeral business (The American Way of Death, a bestseller) and the prison business (Kind and Usual Punishment), but also of writing schools and weight-loss programs. Mitford’s diligence, unfailing skepticism, and acid pen made her one of the great chroniclers of the mischief people get up to in the pursuit of profit and the name of good. Poison Penmanship collects seventeen of Mitford’s finest pieces—about everything from crummy spas to network-TV censorship—and fills them out with the story of how she got the scoop and, no less fascinating, how the story developed after publication. The book is a delight to read: few journalists have ever been as funny as Mitford, or as gifted at getting around in those dark, cobwebbed corners where modern America fashions its shiny promises. It’s also an unequaled and necessary manual of the fine art of investigative reporting.
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.
The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times
Hardcover ISBN: 0316845469
An insider's biography of America's most powerful media dynasty draws on archival material from The New York Times and family resources to chronicle the rise to success of the visionary Adolph Ochs and his colorful descendants. 150,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker. Tour.
Against the Machine
Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob
Hardcover ISBN: 0385522657
In a critical study of modern technology, a senior editor at The New Republic analyzes the World Wide Web and complementary developments in terms of its negative influence on the people who use them, arguing that modern technology has given rise to a new, malevolent mass culture that threatens the ideals of humanity, democracy, and the individual. 25,000 first printing.
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Paperback ISBN: 0374521190
Mitford's brave look at the funeral business, her attack on the Famous Writers School, and her war against a California University that insisted on fingerprinting her are accompanied by her running commentary on the strategies of muckraking journalism
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.
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0374103828
A new collection of fiction and essays by the author of The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities explores topics including the sexual mores of teenagers, the impact of genetics and neuroscience on human identity, and the workings of TV's magazine-show sting operations and features the novella Ambush at Fort Bragg. 250,000 first printing.
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.