Paul Heyer is Professor Emeritus in the Communication Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Peter Urquhart is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
The book begins with a new preface examining the role of mass communication and related institutions in the Information Age. It is followed by an extensive chapter tracing the development of the traditional concept of mass communication, with a dialogue between Lee Thayer and Leslie Moeller, two prominent scholars in the field. A summary of important theories and research findings in the field completes this section.
Eight chapters follow which examine other major mass media institutions. Key figures from each field, Victor Danilov on museums, David Davidson on libraries, Paola Soleri on architecture, Roberta Mueller on art, Richard Rudman on politics, James Hitchcock on the church, Vincent Sardi on restaurants, and Ken Weissman and Maxine Fox on theater, discuss the roles of their respective institutions in the mass production and distribution of information.
Without a notion of the play element in communication one would be led to imagine that every televised docudrama would be immediately lived out by every adolescent. Clearly, this is not the case. People can distinguish quite well between imaginary and real events in mass communication contexts. "The Play Theory of Mass Communication "is a work that studies subjective play, how communication serves the cause of self-enhancement and personal pleasure, and the role of entertainment as an end in itself.
In short, for those who are tired of cliche-ridden volumes on the political hidden messages and meanings of communication, or the economic management of media decisions, this volume will come as a refreshment, a piece of entertainment as well as instruction. But with all the emphasis "on "aspects, Stephenson's volume is shrewdly political. He takes up themes ranging from the reduction! of international tensions to the happily alienated worker to such pedestrian events as the reporting of foreign Soviet dignitaries in their visits to democratic cultures. This is, in short, an urbane, wise book--sophisticated in its methodology and critical in its theorizing.
Careers in Media and Communication is a practical resource that helps you understand how a communication degree can prepare you for a range of fulfilling careers; it gives you the skills you will need to compete in a changing job market. Award-winning teacher and author Stephanie A. Smith draws from her years of professional experience to guide you through the trends and processes of identifying, finding, and securing a job in in mass communication. Throughout the book, you will explore the daily lives of professionals currently working in the field, as well as gain firsthand insights into the training and experience that hiring managers seek.
Key Features:Real stories from current practitioners describe the day-to-day work experience you can expect in an entry-level position, as well as give you insight into the skills and aptitudes that hiring managers are seeking. Detailed career profiles introduce you to a variety of careers and help you identify the skills needed to be successful in each line of work. An overview of current industry trends familiarizes you with the hiring needs and practices in mass communication industries.
The book examines the relationship between a momentous historical event, the media that have been involved in reporting and re-presenting it, and the subsequent transformation of the disaster into an enduring myth in contemporary popular culture. The book will also show how the sinking of the Titanic helped make Guglielmo Marconi a household name; set David Sarnoff on the path that led to his becoming head of RCA; raised the stature of The New York Times to the eminence it has today; and helped give film director James Cameron his current notoriety and influence.
In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us--by having real conversations
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NPR's Best Books of 2017
Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships & Communication
“We Need to Talk is an important read for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller, and her advice has helped me become a better spouse, friend, and mother.” (Jessica Lahey, author of New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure)
Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals.
And the only way forward, says Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In We Need to Talk, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist—and offers simple tools that can improve anyone’s communication. For example:BE THERE OR GO ELSEWHERE. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call, or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again.CHECK YOUR BIAS. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else.HIDE YOUR PHONE. Don’t just put down your phone, put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation.
Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most—Headlee offers smart strategies that can help us all have conversations that matter.
In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.