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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Edward S. Herman
0375714499
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
An absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief. Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard-bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free-market economics model of media leads inevitably to normative and narrow reporting. Whether or not you've seen the eye-opening movie, buy this book, and you will be a far more knowledgeable person and much less prone to having your beliefs manipulated as easily as the press. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Herman of Wharton and Chomsky of MIT lucidly document their argument that America's...


Children, Adolescents, and the Media

0761921257


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Book Description
This book overviews what is known about the impact of mass media on youth in the 21st century. The goal is to provide a comprehensive, research-oriented treatment of how children and adolescents interact with the media. Each chapter reviews the latest findings as well as seminal studies that have helped frame the issues in such areas as advertising, violence, video games, sexuality, drugs, body image and eating disorders, music, and the Internet. Because research alone can be dry and difficult to follow, each chapter is liberally sprinkled with illustrations, examples from the media, policy debates, and real-life instances of media impact. The intent is to show the relevance of social science research to media-related issues involving youth. The book concludes with chapters on media literacy and a series of...


Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers
Michael Connelly
031615377X
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Book Description:
From No. 1 bestseller Michael Connelly's first career as a prizewinning crime reporter--the gripping, true stories that inspired and informed his novels. Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends--and, of course, the killers--to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath. Connelly's firsthand observations would lend inspiration to his novels, from The Black Echo, which was drawn from a real-life bank heist, to Trunk Music, based on an unsolved case of a man found in the trunk of his Rolls Royce. And the vital...


The Media of Mass Communication, 2006 Update

0205467016


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Book Description
This up-to-date, reader-friendly presentation of the mass media helps instructors use the media to teach the media and explore its excitement, complexity, and impact on our lives. Widely praised for his ability to make learning interesting, Vivian excites students as they explore the ever-changing subject of mass communication. This updated edition retains the emphasis on the challenges of today's media while building on its extensive coverage of media history, effects, and culture. The coverage of media literacy, an underlying theme since the first edition, has been enhanced with a new feature. The three-part organization the media, media messages, and media issues has been strengthened by the addition of a totally new chapter on entertainment to balance the coverage of other types of media messages. New and...


How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)
Ann H. Coulter
1400054192
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Review
“No one on the right is so iconic. . . . The officialdom of punditry, so full of phonies and dullards, would suffer without her humor and fire.” —Time magazine, in a cover story

Book Description
CAUTION: You’re about to enter the world of Ann Coulter

How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), the instant New York Times bestseller, shows why Ann Coulter has become the most recognized—and controversial—conservative intellectual in years. Coulter ranges far and wide in this powerful and entertaining book, which draws on her weekly columns. No subject is off-limits, no comment left unsaid. She even includes a special chapter featuring the pieces that squeamish editors refused to publish—“what you could have read if you...


Where the Girls Are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media
Susan J. Douglas
0812925300
April 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
An insightful, witty, and well-written analysis of the effects of mass-media on women in late 20th-century American culture. Douglas cuts through the fluff that spews from the tube with a finely-honed sense of the absurd that can forever change (or minimally, inform) how you perceive the changing portrayals of women by the media. The only book I know of that has been given highest recommendations by Gloria Steinem, The McLaughlin Group, and Book Review.

From Publishers Weekly
In this insightful study of how the American media has portrayed women over the past 50 years, Douglas ( Inventing American Broadcasting: 1899-1922 ) considers the paradox of a generation of women raised to see themselves as bimbos becoming the very group that found its voice in feminism. Modern American women,...


Leading to the 2003 Iraq War : The Global Media Debate

1403971137


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Book Description
Arguably, each country's media represented its opinions for or against the 2003 Iraq war, giving the viewer insight into the nation's stance on the war, and their political reasoning. By concentrating on the pre-war coverage, this group of scholars engages in a more open discussion of the issues than would take place during wartime, and uncovers the implications for each country's position on international concerns.


Surrounded by Idiots
Mike Gallagher
0060737980
July 2005
Bargain - Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Conservative radio talker and Fox News regular Gallagher celebrates his career, his views, and his beloved liberal-Democratic wife in this chatty, self-confident debut. "The left is trying to destroy the pillars of our great country," Gallagher says. After a foreword by Sean Hannity, regular listeners will expect—and enjoy—attacks on familiar targets: Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, the Dixie Chicks, animal-rights groups, Hollywood liberals, parents who won't spank their kids and immigrants who don't or can't learn clear English ("Heh-yo, Hoppy China, yoh ohrduh peez?"). One chapter describes Gallagher's heated interview with "smarmy, arrogant" pollster John Zogby, who wrongly predicted a John Kerry win in 2004. Yet the right-wing host spends as much time, and perhaps has more fun, with anecdotes from...


The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
Norm Goldstein (Editor)
0465004881
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
The world is divided into two types of people: those who wince when they see the words Canadian geese in print, and those who don't. If you are the former, or if you are the latter working for the former, the The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual provides invaluable assistance when you need to get your Canada geese all in a row. Countless newspapers and other publications base their style guides on this manual. The entries are arranged alphabetically and include issues of spelling, punctuation (there is no period in Dr Pepper), grammar, abbreviation, capitalization (Popsicle and Dumpster are, tollhouse cookies aren't), hyphenation (none, surprisingly, in ball point pen), and frequently misused words. There are also longer discussions of things such as Arabic...


Strategery: How George W. Bush Is Defeating Terrorists, Outwitting Democrats, and Confounding the Mainstream Media
Bill Sammon
1596980028
February 27, 2006
Hardcover
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Rush Limbaugh
"A most revealing book that captures firsthand Bush’s ‘strategy’ of honesty, decency and doing what he says he’s going to."

James Carville
"Bill Sammon has some of the best sources within the Bush campaign….This book contains a treasure trove of insight."

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Mass Media and American Politics
Doris A. Graber
1568029179
August 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Attack the Messenger
Craig Crawford
0742538168
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush successfully evaded Dan Rather's questions about his Iran-Contra affair involvement by going on the attack in a live interview on CBS. Crawford, a TV pundit and Congressional Quarterly columnist, identifies this event as the turning point in the media's relationship to both politicians and the nation. In this impassioned dissection of the rapid devolution of the media's power in today's political environment, he asserts that the public's distrust of the news media has reached at a high point, an issue he considers one of "the most hazardous political challenges now facing Americans." Politicians—liberals and conservatives alike (though Republicans bear the brunt of Crawford's ire)—have deflected criticism and convinced the public to blame the media. Though...


MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture
Lawrence Grossberg
0761925449
September 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Taking a unique approach to the study of mass communication and cultural studies, MediaMaking is a volume that presents the current knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society.  What sets this volume apart from competing texts is the approach taken and the distinguished scholarship.  Rather than examining each major medium separately (newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, film), the authors contend that mass communication cannot be studied apart from the other institutions in society and the other dimensions of social life-each is shaping and defining the other.  They hold that media can only be understood in relation to their context-institutional, economic, social, cultural, and historical.  As such, this book explores the variety of ways in which the media are...


Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America
Laura Ingraham
0895261014
September 15, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
To the author of this vociferous but ill-supported right wing screed, membership in the elite is not an objective position of wealth, power or influence. It is, instead, a "general outlook"-one, Ingraham says, that sneers at religion, morality, patriotism, President Bush, guns, suburbs, SUVs, tax cuts and everything else that "We the People" hold dear. Ingraham goes on to apply anti-elitist invective with a broad brush. Most abused of these "elites" are anti-war protesters ("moral morons"), academics ("snotty, sanctimonious dolts"), secularists ("recoil like vampires at the sight of a cross"), internationalists ("want to murder America"), the French ("perfidious") and entertainers ("shut up and sing"). She also takes swipes at "business elites" who move offshore to evade taxes, stock market scams, media...


The Gospel According to Oprah
Marcia Z. Nelson
0664229425
Oct 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Oprah Winfrey is inspirational, but does she really proclaim the "gospel," meaning literally, "good news"? Nelson says yes, and counts the ways. The best-known female talk show host in the world is a "reminder service of... values," a font of self-help advice and a vision of humanity, says Nelson, a freelance religion writer (Come and See). She praises Oprah for using her entertainment pulpit to promote such positive spiritual values as gratitude, empathy, forgiveness and self-examination. Best of all, Oprah does it with plain talk. Nelson says another secret to Oprah's broad appeal in the marketplace for TV ratings is that she never gets too specific on matters religious or political. After painting a glowing portrait of Ms. O, you may wonder, is there anything about Oprah and her media empire...


Public Relations Writing : Form and Style (with InfoTrac) (Wadsworth Series in Mass Communication and Journalism)
Doug Newsom, Jim Haynes
0534612962
March 19, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING: FORM AND STYLE offers the practical approach one would expect to find in a trade book, but uses the principles and theories of public relations to give students what they need to write with understanding and purpose. Part One provides the background for all public relations writing tasks by explaining how this kind of writing is unique and by exploring the legal and ethical obligations. Part Two is the writing principles section, which covers both style and techniques. Part Three begins with basic public relations writing assignments that students are likely to be exposed to early in their jobs: emails, memos, letters, reports and proposals, backgrounders and position papers. Part Four covers writing for mass media. Much of this section has changed to reflect the impact of technology on...


Fog Facts
Larry Beinhart
1560257679
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Beinhart scored satirical points last fall with his novel The Librarian, about an archivist whose talent for digging up damaging truths frightens a vast right-wing conspiracy with more than a passing resemblance to the current administration. The novel introduced the concept of the "fog fact": published information that remains unnoticed by the public. This slim volume promises to gather various fog facts about George W. Bush's presidency, but offers much more opinion than fact—specifically, amazement that reporting on subjects like the allegations that Bush pulled strings to avoid going to Vietnam or committed insider trading while his father was president didn't cost him either the 2000 or 2004 election. Beinhart sees the media's failure to call more prominent attention to political lies as the source of...


Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Al Franken
0452285216
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Having previously dissected the factual inaccuracies of a single bellicose talk show host in Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, Al Franken takes his fight to a larger foe: President George W. Bush, the Bush Administration, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and scores of other conservatives whom, he says, are playing loose with the facts. It's a lot of ground to cover, as evidenced by the 43 chapters in Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, but the results are often entertaining and insightful. Franken occupies a unique place in the modern political dialogue as perhaps the media's only comedy writer and performer who is also a Harvard fellow as well as a liberal political commentator. This unique and vaguely lonely position lends a charming quixotic quality to adventures such as a tense encounter with the Fox News staff at...


The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine
New Yorker (Editor)
1400064740
September 2005
Other Format
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Book Description
EVERY PAGE OF EVERY ISSUE
ON 8 DVD-ROMS, WITH A COMPANION BOOK OF HIGHLIGHTS.

A cultural monument, a journalistic gold mine, an essential research tool, an amazing time machine.


What has the New Yorker said about Prohibition, Duke Ellington, the Second World War, Bette Davis, boxing, Winston Churchill, Citizen Kane, the invention of television, the Cold War, baseball, the lunar landing, Willem de Kooning, Madonna, the internet, and 9/11?

Eighty years of The New Yorker offers a detailed, entertaining history of the life of the city, the nation, and the world since 1925.

Every article, every cartoon, every illustration, every advertisement, exactly as it appeared on the printed page, in full color. Flip through full spreads of the magazine to browse...


Psychology and Life (17th Edition)
Richard Gerrig, Philip Zimbardo
020541799X
May 14, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Discover where learning comes to life MyPsychLab MyPsychLab is an exciting new learning and teaching tool designed to increase student success in the classroom, and quickly and easily give instructors access to every imaginable resource needed to teach and administer an introductory psychology course all housed in one rich site. MyPsychLab will help students learn, and will save instructors time! And, it's easy to use Learning in Context For Students! MyPsychLab is built on the strength of learning in context. Students actually use the e-book in exactly the same layout as the printed version to launch multimedia resources such as animations, video clips, audio explanations, and activities, and profiles of prominent psychologists. Bring Learning to Life with Simulations! Visual learning enhances test scores;...


The Daring Nellie Bly
Bonnie Christensen
0375815686
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-Born in 1864, Bly (christened Elizabeth Jane Cochran) lived at a time when opportunities for women were extremely limited. Not only did she overcome overwhelming obstacles to become one of the first "serious" female newspaper reporters, but she also became one of the most well known. Her expos‚s on the discriminatory work practices toward women at several factories and the deplorable condition of a city-run mental institution made her famous, but her historic 72-day journey around the world made her a folk hero. Large, colorful, pen-and-ink illustrations cover almost every page, and a four-page world map helps readers follow the journalist's round-the-world jaunt. Appropriately enough, this terrific biography reads like an adventure story. Perfect for read-alouds, the book gives just enough...


Get Slightly Famous: Become a Celebrity in Your Field and Attract More Business with Less Effort
Steven Van Yoder
0972002111
April 1, 2003
Paperback
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Jay Conrad Levinson, author "Guerilla Marketing" series with over 14 million sold in 39 languages
"More than slightly valuable, more than slightly fun to read, and more than slightly wonderful. Loaded with insights …"

Lillian Vernon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lillian Vernon Corporation
"Shows that success in business means staying true to your customer and your vision."

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Writing for the Mass Media
James Glen Stovall
0205449727
June 2005
Textbook Paperback
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From the Back Cover
This successful text offers a simple organization, clear writing, abundant exercises, and precise examples that give students the information about media writing and the opportunity to develop their skills as professional writers. Using a workbook-style format, it introduces and explains the major forms of media writing: inverted pyramid for print and Web, dramatic unity for broadcast, copy platforms for advertising, and the various writing structures required for public relations. Writing for the Mass Media also covers all major areas of media, including the Internet. In addition, its basic and practical approach makes this text an excellent book for any introductory writing course.

New to the Sixth Edition A completely rewritten chapter on writing for the Web uses innovative exercises...



Weapons of Mass Distortion
L. Brent Bozell
1400054117
July 2005
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From Publishers Weekly
A political talk-show circuit regular, Bozell runs the Media Research Center, an organization that has published several books documenting liberal media bias. In his first solo effort, Bozell richly—and selectively—documents examples of liberal influence in America's newsrooms. There's little doubt that a good deal of what Bozell identifies does exist—there are plenty of examples of "liberal hate" that went unnoticed and undenounced in the press (e.g., the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh stating, "We have an attorney general [John Ashcroft] that is, I don't know, how would you describe him, demented?")—but his thesis nearly requires that he present a partial picture. Bozell enlists right-tilting Bernard Goldberg as rhetorical ally and labels Eric Alterman and his ilk as "liberal media deniers."...


Everything You Know is Wrong
Russ Kick
0971394202
June 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
From the people who brought us You Are Being Lied To, here is another engrossing and infuriating compilation of muckraking articles, expos s, and provocative claims. Some of the pieces in the book are very timely: an assertion that the government had advance warning of the September 11 terrorist attacks, reports of additional gunmen at Columbine High School, and additional details on Senator Bob Kerrey's actions in Vietnam. Most of the articles were written for this volume, though some appeared previously in reputable magazines and journals (e.g., the Village Voice, Toronto Globe & Mail, and Journal of Medical Ethics). Not all the pieces deal with political issues; readers will find a wide range of social ("Mad Cow Disease"), financial ("World Bank and the WTO"), and cultural topics. A few familiar ...


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Michael Chabon
0312282990
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Like the comic books that animate and inspire it, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is both larger than life and of it too. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses and even hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war, dreams and art, across pages brimming with longing and hope. Samuel Klayman--self-described little man, city boy, and Jew--first meets Josef Kavalier when his mother shoves him aside in his own bed, telling him to make room for their cousin, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Prague. It's the beginning, however unlikely, of a beautiful friendship. In short order, Sam's talent for pulp plotting meets Joe's faultless, academy-trained line, and a comic-book superhero is born. A sort of lantern-jawed equalizer clad in dark blue...


Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News
Bernard Goldberg
0895261901
February 25, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
In 1996, veteran CBS News reporter and producer Bernie Goldberg committed the unpardonable sin of publicly mentioning the issue of liberal bias in the media. For that he became persona non grata at CBS. Goldberg tells how friends and colleagues turned on him, from junior CBS reporters all the way to Dan Rather. But much more than that, he exposes a bias so uniform and overwhelming that it permeates every news story we hear and read- and so entrenched and deep rooted that the networks themselves don't even recognize it.

From the Publisher
IN HIS NEARLY thirty years at CBS News, Emmy Award- winner Bernard Goldberg earned a reputation as one of the preeminent reporters in the television news business. When he looked at his own industry, however, he saw that the media far too...


The New Media Reader
Noah Wardrip-Fruin (Editor), Nick Montfort (Editor)
0262232278
February 14, 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"A stunner...." -- Brian Kim Stefans, New York Fine Arts Quarterly
"The New Media Reader ...is my if-you-can-only-take-one pick for a computer history vacation suitcase-stuffer." -- Michael Swaine, Dr. Dobb's Journal

Book Description
This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs--many of them now almost impossible to find--that chronicle the history and form the foundation of the still-emerging field of new media. General introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, along with short introductions to each of the texts, place the works in their historical context and explain their significance. The texts were originally published between World War II--when digital computing, cybernetic feedback, and early notions of hypertext and the Internet first appeared--and the...


How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter
1400054184
October 5, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
This forceful, sarcastic, and often hilarious book offers tips on arguing with liberals, which include the following: don't be defensive, always outrage the enemy, and never apologize to, compliment, or show graciousness to a Democrat. Welcome to the world according to Ann Coulter. Ever combative, Coulter is unafraid to court controversy or confront her detractors head-on, whether they are mainstream journalists and talk-show hosts who have misquoted her without apology or "weak and frightened conservatives" craving liberal approval. Though the writing is often over-the-top, the book if full of one-liners that will delight conservatives, such as "the best way to convert liberals is to have them move out of their parents' home, get a job, and start paying taxes." But there is more here than just insults and countless jabs at...

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