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Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This book gives students an overview of the entire media process - from production to content to audiences - with an emphasis on how social forces influence the media and how media potentially affect society. A key emphasis throughout the work is how various elements in the media process interact with each other. This Third Edition of Media/Society provides students with ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Sage Publications, Inc (first published January 1997)
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Jenny Demonic
Painful. An excruciatingly long read that only gets two starts because it DOES have educational value, but I'm not happy that I had to put up with it semester.

This book was assigned for my "Media & Society" course. Every chapter was a lesson in extreme discipline. I am a reader by nature, but this book completely failed to hold my attention. I would diligently take notes and STILL forget what I had just read. The authors are obviously well-schooled in what they are trying to convey, but the
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
So here's the thing. I do not like using textbooks when I teach. But I've been looking for the intro to media studies class -- something comprehensive, not too boring, not too simplified or didactic. So far so good with this one -- fits the bill. I'm supplementing it with articles and other books, and I imagine I'd use it again. Addendum: students found it boring, I think, and so did I eventually. I'm just not a fan of textbooks. I'll probably go back to assigning primary texts and using these ...more
David Kirschner
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really nice textbook for sociology of media. I think a new edition is coming out soon, as this one does feel a bit dated. Technology, social media, and research in these fields move so quickly that my students are constantly saying, "Well, Twitter isn't like this anymore," or "What about SnapChat?" and "The Oculus Rift shipped. Why doesn't this book have anything about VR?" and so on.

Besides the impossibility of being cutting edge, it's very well written, organized, and covers key topics
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
i'm reading this book again for another class, and i think it does a great job of introducing someone to the field of "media studies."

in fact, the next time someone asks about what i study, i should just send them a copy of the book.

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Creepy ass book cover.
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Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
it was reeeaaalllyyy dry, but it had some damn fine insight.
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