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Negotiating Democracy
Negotiating Democracy (October 2007)
Media Transformations in Emerging Democracies
Isaac A. Blankson - Editor
Patrick Murphy - Editor

Explores the relationship between media and democracy against the broader background of globalization.

Negotiating Democracy addresses issues that have defined the challenges and consequences of media transformation faced by new and emerging democracies. These issues include the dismantling of national broadcasting systems, the promotion of private independent and pluralistic media, the clash between liberal...(Read More)
Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance
Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance (August 2007)
The News Media and Michael Newdow's Constitutional Challenge
Ronald Bishop - Author
Nadine Strossen - Foreword by

Explores atheist Michael Newdow’s constitutional challenge and how the news media marginalized him from the moment the Ninth Circuit handed down its controversial ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional.

Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance explores the landmark lawsuit filed by avowed atheist Michael Newdow against the Elk Grove Unified School District in California, in which he claimed...(Read More)
Dispatches from the Color Line
Dispatches from the Color Line (July 2007)
The Press and Multiracial America
Catherine R. Squires - Author

Explores contemporary news media coverage of multiracial people and identities.

When modern news media choose to focus attention on people of multiracial descent, how does this fit with broader contemporary and historical racial discourses? Do these news narratives complicate common understandings of race and race relations? Dispatches from the Color Line explores these issues by examining contemporary...(Read More)

David Dinkins and New York City Politics
David Dinkins and New York City Politics (November 2006)
Race, Images, and the Media
Wilbur C. Rich - Author

Studies the role of the media in shaping public perceptions of David Dinkins’ mayoral leadership.

As the first African American elected mayor of New York City, David Dinkins underwent intense scrutiny—first from the black community, then from white liberal supporters, the media, and the city’s electorate. Wilbur C. Rich focuses on the critical role played by the New York City media in the perceptio...(Read More)
The Sitcom Reader
The Sitcom Reader (October 2005)
America Viewed and Skewed
Mary M. Dalton - Editor
Laura R. Linder - Editor

Offers a variety of perspectives on the sitcom genre and its influence on American culture.

Despite the popularity of the sitcom, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming, The Sitcom Reader is the first book to offer critical essays devoted specifically to the form. The contributors address important topics in relation to sitcoms, such as conventions of the form, the family, gender,...(Read More)
Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause (September 2005)
Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork
J. David Slocum - Editor

Assesses the layered meanings and persistent global legacy of an American film classic.

Five decades after the production and initial release of Rebel Without a Cause, this book examines both the complicated historical moment in which the film was made as well as its continuing and pervasive influence on film today. The contributors track how the film continues to speak to diverse audiences as a touchstone for ima...(Read More)
Theatres of Human Sacrifice
Theatres of Human Sacrifice (November 2004)
From Ancient Ritual to Screen Violence
Mark Pizzato - Author

Provides insight into the ritual lures and effects of mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, risks, and purposes of violent display.

Contemporary debates about mass media violence tend to ignore the long history of staged violence in the theatres and rituals of many cultures. In Theatres of Human Sacrifice, Mark Pizzato relates the appeal and possible effects of screen violence today--in ...(Read More)
Globalization, Technology, and Philosophy
Globalization, Technology, and Philosophy (May 2004)
David Tabachnick - Editor
Toivo Koivukoski - Editor

Confronts globalization and technology from philosophical perspectives.

Rather than focusing on political, economic, or social manifestations of technology and globalization, this book examines these related phenomena from a philosophical perspective. Prominent thinkers from philosophy, sociology, and political science reflect on a variety of important topics and individuals, including the Internet, citizenship, indiv...(Read More)
The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony
The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony (August 2003)
Lee Artz - Editor
Yahya R. Kamalipour - Editor

Shows how dominant commercial media practices secure a hold among and affect diverse national cultures.

When commercial media practices are insinuated into local cultures, existing cultural and media practices are often displaced and social inequalities are exacerbated—sometimes with the consent of consumers, but frequently confronting organized proponents. The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony pro...(Read More)
Global Media Spectacle
Global Media Spectacle (October 2002)
News War over Hong Kong
Chin-Chuan Lee - Author
Joseph Man Chan - Author
Zhongdang Pan - Author
Clement Y K So - Author

Uses Hong Kong’s transfer from Britain to China to explore how media coverage is guided by ideological struggle.  

Focusing on the global media coverage of Hong Kong's transfer from Britain to China, Global Media Spectacle explores how the world media plan, operate, compete, and produce a historical record during significant global events. The authors interviewed seventy six print and television reporter...(Read More)
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