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Gossip Girl

by Lori Bindig

Gossip Girl: A Critical Understanding provides a critical analysis of The CW’s hit teen television drama Gossip Girl. Lori Bindig analyzes episodes as a set of media texts that blur the boundaries between...


Mediated Nostalgia

by Ryan Lizardi

Considering the current rash of film remakes, vintage video game downloads, and box sets of bygone television shows, media today is obsessed with nostalgia. Instead of presenting a past that functions as an...


Coarseness in U.S. Public Communication

by Philip Dalton & Eric Mark Kramer

Proceeding from the assumption that all manner of public communication in the United States is becoming increasingly coarse, this book argues that shared cultural notions of decency are being eroded by market...


9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster

by Thomas Stubblefield

The day the towers fell, indelible images of plummeting rubble, fire, and falling bodies were imprinted in the memories of people around the world. Images that were caught in the media loop after the disaster...


Masturbation in Pop Culture

by Lauren Rosewarne

Through reference to over six hundred scenes from film and television—as well as a diverse and cross-disciplinary academic bibliography—Masturbation in Pop Culture investigates the role that masturbation...


Beyond Britain

by Lars Jensen

Is Stuart Hall a Cultural Studies Scholar or a Postcolonial Scholar? Or is it better to engage with his work as an intellectual of both fields?

Postwar Britain witnessed the concurrent evolution of two new intellectual...


Unlearning the Soviet Tongue

by Natalia Kovalyova

How do countries democratize? What route does the way out of totalitarianism take? Students of Russian politics have pursued answers to these questions by surveying Russians on a variety of attitudes, beliefs,...


The Impact of YouTube on U.S. Politics

by LaChrystal D. Ricke

The Impact of YouTube on U.S. Politics provides a historical, descriptive, and conceptual analysis of the broad and evolving political impact of YouTube. It specifically addresses how politicians, campaigns,...


The Responsibility to Protect in Darfur

by Abdel Salam Sidahmed, Walter C. Soderlund & Donald E. Briggs

Long-simmering conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur came to a boil in the spring of 2003 and became a focus of American media attention in September 2004. After the genocide in Rwanda the international...


Primetime Pundits

by Lynn Letukas

Primetime Pundits explores the ascent of punditry and offers a new approach for understanding how social issues are covered in the changing media landscape. Based on extensive research of primetime news coverage...


Subaltern China

by Wanning Sun

Behind China’s growing economic and political power is a vast underworld of marginalized social groups. In this powerful and timely book, Wanning Sun focuses on the country’s hundreds of millions of rural...


Normative Experience in Internet Politics

by Françoise Massit-Folléa, Cécile Méadel & Laurence Monnoyer-Smith

The ways in which the Internet is managed and controlled -often labeled as Internet Governance- are usually considered as standing on four main pillars: Technology, Market Laws, State Regulation and Uses. Nevertheless,...


Electric Sounds

by Steve Wurtzler

Electric Sounds brings to vivid life an era when innovations in the production, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a number of different media, especially the radio, the phonograph, and the...


Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery

by Eva Illouz

Oprah Winfrey is the protagonist of the story to be told here, but this book has broader intentions, begins Eva Illouz in this original examination of how and why this talk show host has become a pervasive symbol...


Oil and Water

by Andrea Miller, Shearon Roberts & Victoria LaPoe

Along the Gulf Coast, history is often referenced as pre-Katrina or post-Katrina. However, the natural disaster that appalled the world in 2005 has been joined by another catastrophe, this one man-made--the...


Aging, Media, and Culture

by C. Lee Harrington, Denise Bielby, Anthony R. Bardo & Stephen Katz et al.

The intersections of aging, media, and culture are under-explored given trends in population aging, rapid increases in the mediation of everyday life, and the growing cultural significance of media consumption...


Blogging

by Kristin Roeschenthaler Wolfe

Public vs. private is an ongoing concern in communication. This book examines this phenomenon through self-representational writing and the philosophical lens of Hannah Arendt’s public vs. private theory,...


Cases in Communication Law

by Paul Siegel

Of the seventy-three cases in the fourth edition of Paul Siegel’s Cases in Communication Law, twenty-eight are new to this edition. Among these are such Supreme Court decisions as Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation...


Media in the Digital Age

by John Pavlik

Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging...


Paris Is Burning

by Lucas Hilderbrand

Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1991) captures the energy, ambition, wit, and struggle of African-American and Latino participants in the 1980s New York drag ball scene. This book contextualizes the film...