Social Theories of the Press

Constituents of Communication Research, 1840s to 1920s


Author: Hanno Hardt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1461642442

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Hanno Hardt has thoroughly revised and expanded his 'pre-history' of communication research in the United States. With the notable addition of Karl Marx's journalism-focused writings and a new foreword by James W. Carey, this edition covers intellectual contributions from several German theorists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as first-generation U.S. sociologists who were influenced by this scholarship. A new concluding chapter explores the continuing influence of German social thought and the contemporary shift of paradigms in U.S. communication research, including approaches such as critical (Marxist) and cultural studies.



Author: Carrie Heeter,Bradley S. Greenberg

Publisher: Ablex Pub

ISBN: 9780893914660

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 316

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This unique volume examines the process of cableviewing, the nature of cableviewers, and especially the viewing choice process. The concept of viewing style is introduced and individual differences in viewing style are examined. The research presented here represents the change from media effects studies to studies of users and user behavior.

The American Journalist in the 1990s

U.S. News People at the End of an Era


Author: David Hugh Weaver,G. Cleveland Wilhoit

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780805821369

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

View: 6556

This book presents findings from the most comprehensive and representative study ever done of the demographic and educational backgrounds, working conditions, and professional and ethical values of U.S. print and broadcast journalists working in the 1990s, including separate analyses for women and minority news people. It compares many of these findings with those from the major studies of the early 1970s and 1980s. As such, it should be the standard reference on U.S. journalists for years to come.

Media, Audiences, Effects

An Introduction to the Study of Media Content and Audience Analysis


Author: Paul J. Traudt

Publisher: Pearson College Division


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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"Media, Audiences, Effects" teaches students how to evaluate media effects research and better understand the role media play in our everyday lives. This text introduces readers to more than 300 contemporary research studies focusing on twelve important topic areas, including television violence, gender and ethnicity, sexuality and pornography, and advertising bans. It provides a framework for understanding how researchers study media effects and what mass communication theory and research tell us about the relationship between media and society. Features Includes summaries of more than 300 articles published since 1990, providing readers with a large body of contemporary research to synthesize, critique, and explore. Features research studies in twelve key topic areas including children and advertising, race and ethnic stereotyping, and television and presidential politics, helping students truly engage in topics that affect their lives. Includes two introductory chapters (Chapters 2 & 3) on research methods, providing students with tools for analyzing qualitative and quantitative research. Provides summaries of current qualitative and quantitative research, allowing students to see different approaches to media inquiry in practice.


How the Press Affects Federal Policy Making


Author: Martin Linsky,Wendy O'Donnell,Jonathan Moore

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393957938

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Based on 3 years of research, this account of the press's affect on federal policy making reveals the strategies, conflicts, and cooperation between reporters and government officials, and the consequences for the entire public as a result of their dealings.

The Reality of the Mass Media


Author: Niklas Luhmann

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9780804740777

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 154

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In The Reality of the Mass Media, Luhmann extends his theory of social systems—applied in his earlier works to the economy, the political system, art, religion, the sciences, and law—to an examination of the role of mass media in the construction of social reality. Luhmann argues that the system of mass media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication, whose functions are not determined by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity, or knowledge, nor by specific social interests or political directives. Rather, he contends that the system of mass media is regulated by the internal code information/noninformation, which enables the system to select its information (news) from its own environment and to communicate this information in accordance with its own reflexive criteria. Despite its self-referential quality, Luhmann describes the mass media as one of the key cognitive systems of modern society, by means of which society constructs the illusion of its own reality. The reality of mass media, he argues, allows societies to process information without destabilizing social roles or overburdening social actors. It forms a broad reservoir (memory) of options for the future coordination of action, and it provides parameters for the stabilization of political reproduction of society, as it produces a continuous self-description of the world around which modern society can orient itself. In his discussion of mass media, Luhmann elaborates a theory of communication in which communication is seen not as the act of a particular consciousness, nor the medium of integrative social norms, but merely the technical codes through which systemic operations arrange and perpetuate themselves.

The Media Elite

America's New Powerbrokers


Author: S. Robert Lichter

Publisher: Hastings House Book Publishers

ISBN: 9780803893504

Category: Social Science

Page: 342

View: 4070

The first study to examine the perspectives of newspapers in the major U.S. media, and then compare the attitudes with actual news coverage.