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The First Texas News Barons

by Patrick Cox

Newspaper publishers played a crucial role in transforming Texas into a modern state. By promoting expanded industrialization and urbanization, as well as a more modern image of Texas as a southwestern, rather...


Harry Reasoner: A Life in the News

by Douglass K. Daniel

Harry Reasoner was one of the most trusted and well-liked journalists of the golden age of network television news. Whether anchoring the evening newscast on CBS in the 1960s or on ABC in the 1970s, providing...


Latin Politics, Global Media

by Elizabeth Fox & Silvio Waisbord

The globalization of media industries that began during the 1980s and 1990s occurred at the same time as the establishment of or return to democratic forms of government in many Latin American countries. In...


10/40/70: Constraint as Liberation in the Era of Digital Film Theory

by Nicholas Rombes

A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era.


Who Let the Blogs Out?

by Biz Stone & Wil Wheaton

Blogs--or weblogs--are a huge phenomenon on the internet. From ultra-personal diary entries to specialized information on a wide variety of subjects (teen ranting to presidential campaigns), blogs are the new...


Technoscience and Cyberculture

by Stanley Aronowitz

Technoculture is culture--such is the proposition posited in Technoscience and Cyberculture, arguing that technology's permeation of the cultural landscape has so irrevocably reconstituted this terrain that...


Weapons of Mass Distraction

by Matthew Fraser

In its march to becoming the world's first hyper-power, the United States has been as dependent on its soft power - the allure of American lifestyles and culture - as it has been on the hard power of military...


Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

by Simon Blackburn

Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behavior. But are narcissism and vanity...


The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change

by Karin Wilkins, Thomas Tufte & Rafael Obregon

This valuable resource offers a wealth of practical and conceptual guidance to all those engaged in struggles for social justice around the world. It explains in accessible language and painstaking detail how...


Mad as Hell

by Dave Itzkoff

The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the iconic movie Network, which transformed the way we think about television and the way television thinks about us

“I’m mad as hell, and I'm not going to take...


Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture

by Daniel Radosh

What does it mean when a band is judged by how hard they pray rather than how hard they rock? Would Jesus buy "Jesus junk" or wear "witness wear"? What do Christian skate parks, raves, and romance novels say...


Feeling Film: Affect and Authenticity in Popular Cinema

by Greg Singh

This book examines the emotional encounters found in contemporary popular cinema cultures within the context of a Jungian-informed psychology.


The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines

by Loren Coleman

VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE...

A disturbed student shoots up his classroom -- and suddenly a wave of mass murder is sweeping through our nation's schools. A young child is taken from her home --...


Star Trek: The Magic of Tribbles

by Terry J. Erdmann, Gary Hutzel & Paula M. Block

Originally conceived of more than thirty-five years ago, these dimunitive creatures have become stars in their own right. With uncanny grace and ease they have won hearts and upstaged stars.

They are tribbles....


The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

by Dean Starkman

In this sweeping, incisive study, Dean Starkman exposes the critical shortcomings that softened coverage during the mortgage era and the years leading up to the financial collapse of 2008. Dividing journalism...


Screened Out

by Jean Baudrillard & Chris Turner

‘Watching the president’s Christmas message produces this necropolar, white-mass sensation. Seeing the video broadcast of the Christmas service in the cathedral itself, with these pathetic screens and the...


Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War

by Howard Kurtz

Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings: They were on a first-name basis with the country for a generation, leading viewers through moments of triumph and tragedy. But now that a new generation has succeeded...


Sports Talk: A Journey Inside the World of Sports Talk Radio

by Alan Eisenstock

A Journey inside the World of Sports Talk Radio

Their voices explode over the airwaves -- with names like Mike and the Mad Dog, the Stinkin' Genius, Hacksaw, and JT the Brick. They broadcast in drive time and...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures

by Olu Jenzen & Sally R. Munt

With contributions from the UK and other European countries, the USA, Australia and Canada, The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures attends to the paranormal as a position from which to critique...


Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

by Melissa Atkins Wardy & Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Containing practical, specific parenting advice; strategies for effecting change with educators, store managers, corporations, and more; and tips for challenging and changing the media, this essential guide...