Mass Communication

Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind

Curtis Keim and Carolyn Somerville

Fourth Edition • July 25, 2017 • 256 pages

Print: $38.00 USD/$49.50 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

This book explores the many misperceptions and stereotypes about Africa in the United States—with both historical and contemporary examples, from high culture and pop culture.

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Social Media Freaks: Digital Identity in the Network Society

Dustin Kidd

First Edition • February 14, 2017 • 288 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$46.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$33.99 CAD

Dustin Kidd presents a cultural study of social media, focusing on issues of identity and inequality.

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Political Advertising in the United States

Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael M. Franz, and Travis N. Ridout

First Edition • February 23, 2016 • 216 pages

Print: $29.00 USD/$37.50 CAD • Ebook: $19.99 USD/$25.99 CAD

A brief but comprehensive guide to the major debates and latest trends in political advertising, using unique tracking data from the Wesleyan Media Project.

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Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History

Rodger Streitmatter

Fourth Edition • July 28, 2015 • 320 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$51.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$25.99 CAD

In this engaging examination of the news media’s influence on US history and politics, Rodger Streitmatter visits sixteen landmark episodes, from the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement to the present-day Barack Obama administration. In each of these case studies, Streitmatter illustrates the enormous role that journalism has played…

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Social Movements and New Technology

Victoria Carty

First Edition • February 10, 2015 • 224 pages

Print: $30.00 USD/$38.99 CAD • Ebook: $19.99 USD/$19.99 CAD

Click here to read an excerpt from Social Movements and New Technology by Victoria Carty The emergence of new information communication technologies—such as the Internet and social media networking sites and platforms—has strongly affected social movement activism. In this compelling and timely book, Victoria Carty examines these movements and their…

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Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society

Dustin Kidd

First Edition • March 4, 2014 • 288 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$43.99 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$26.99 CAD

Love it or hate it, popular culture permeates every aspect of contemporary society. In this accessibly written introduction to the sociology of popular culture, Dustin Kidd provides the tools to think critically about the cultural soup served daily by film, television, music, print media, and the internet. Utilizing each chapter…

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Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media is Not the Answer

Karen Sternheimer

Second Edition • March 12, 2013 • 320 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$51.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$25.99 CAD

Is violence on the streets caused by violence in video games? Does cyber-bullying lead to an increase in suicide rates? Are teens promiscuous because of Teen Mom? As Karen Sternheimer clearly demonstrates, popular culture is an easy scapegoat for many of society’s problems, but it is almost always the wrong…

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The Naked and the Undead: Evil And The Appeal Of Horror

Cynthia Freeland

First Edition • December 14, 2001 • 336 pages

Print: $50.00 USD/$46.50 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$39.99 CAD

Horror is often dismissed as mass art or lowbrow entertainment that produces only short-term thrills. Horror films can be bloody, gory, and disturbing, so some people argue that they have bad moral effects, inciting viewers to imitate cinematic violence or desensitizing them to atrocities. In The Naked and the Undead: Evil…

More Than a Movie: Ethics in Entertainment

Miguel Valenti

First Edition • October 1, 2000 • 304 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$51.50 CAD

In More Than a Movie, producer and entertainment attorney F. Miguel Valenti presents a compelling argument for the creative community to consider the consequences of its products, from movies to TV to the Internet. Valenti refrains from attacking the industries in which he himself works, but argues for reflection on…

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Turning the Century: Essays in Media and Cultural Studies

Carol Stabile

First Edition • August 21, 2000 • 264 pages

Print: $43.00 USD/$49.50 CAD

The essays in Turning the Century make a significant contribution to our understanding of America’s love affairs with novelty and the mass media. The essays also show that neither the current communications revolution nor the response to it is unprecedented. Through this book, Carol Stabile provides a historical context within…

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