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The Resource Critical theories of mass media : then and now, Paul A. Taylor and Jan Ll. Harris

Critical theories of mass media : then and now, Paul A. Taylor and Jan Ll. Harris

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Critical theories of mass media : then and now
Title
Critical theories of mass media
Title remainder
then and now
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Paul A. Taylor and Jan Ll. Harris
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "With the exception of occasional moral panics about the coarsening of public discourse, and the impact of advertising and television violence upon children, mass media tend to be viewed as a largely neutral or benign part of contemporary life. Even when criticisms are voiced, the media chooses how and when to discuss its own inadequacies. More radical external critiques are often excluded and media theorists are frequently more optimistic than realistic about the negative aspects of mass culture." "This book reassesses this situation in the light of both early and contemporary critical scholarship and explores the intimate relationship between the mass media and the disempowering nature of commodity culture. The authors cast a fresh perspective on contemporary mass culture by comparing past and present critiques." "The book begins by introducing the critical insights from major theorists from the past - Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Theodor Adorno, Marshall McLuhan and Guy Debord. Paul Taylor and Jan Harris then apply these insights to recent provocative writers such as Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj Zizek, and discuss the links between such otherwise apparently unrelated contemporary events as the Iraqi Abu Ghraib controversy and the rise of reality television." "Critical Theories of Mass Culture is a key text for students of cultural studies, communications and media studies, and sociology."--Jacket
  • "With the exception of occasional moral panics about the coarsening of public discourse, and the impact of advertising and television violence upon children, mass media tend to be viewed as a largely neutral or benign part of contemporary life. Even when criticisms are voiced, the media chooses how and when to discuss its own inadequacies. More radical external critiques are often excluded and media theorists are frequently more optimistic than realistic about the negative aspects of mass culture." "This book reassesses this situation in the light of both early and contemporary critical scholarship and explores the intimate relationship between the mass media and the disempowering nature of commodity culture. The authors cast a fresh perspective on contemporary mass culture by comparing past and present critiques." "The book begins by introducing the critical insights from major theorists from the past - Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Theodor Adorno, Marshall McLuhan and Guy Debord. Paul Taylor and Jan Harris then apply these insights to recent provocative writers such as Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj Zizek, and discuss the links between such otherwise apparently unrelated contemporary events as the Iraqi Abu Ghraib controversy and the rise of reality television." "Critical Theories of Mass Culture is a key text for students of cultural studies, communications and media studies, and sociology."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
UKM
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1967-
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Taylor, Paul A.
Dewey number
306.071
Index
index present
LC call number
P94
LC item number
.T38 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1969-
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Harris, Jan Ll.
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  • Mass media criticism
  • Mass media criticism
  • Mass media and culture
  • Mass media
  • Mass media
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
  • Critical theory
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Critical theories of mass media : then and now, Paul A. Taylor and Jan Ll. Harris
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Then. Walter Benjamin's 'Work of art' essay ; Siegfried Kracauer's mass ornament ; Theodor Adorno and the culture industry ; Marshall McLuhan's understanding of the media ; Guy Debord's Society of the spectacle -- Part II. Now. The cult-ure of celebrity ; Banality TV : the democratization of celebrity ; The politics of banality : the ob-scene as the mis-en-scène
Control code
166384895
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 233, 12 pages
Isbn
9780335218110
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)166384895
Label
Critical theories of mass media : then and now, Paul A. Taylor and Jan Ll. Harris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Then. Walter Benjamin's 'Work of art' essay ; Siegfried Kracauer's mass ornament ; Theodor Adorno and the culture industry ; Marshall McLuhan's understanding of the media ; Guy Debord's Society of the spectacle -- Part II. Now. The cult-ure of celebrity ; Banality TV : the democratization of celebrity ; The politics of banality : the ob-scene as the mis-en-scène
Control code
166384895
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 233, 12 pages
Isbn
9780335218110
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)166384895

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