ISBN 9780070706774,Critical Theories Of Mass Media : Then And Now

Critical Theories Of Mass Media : Then And Now



Tata McGraw - Hill Education

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9780070706774

ISBN-10 0070706778


Number of Pages 344 Pages
Language (English)

Media studies

With the exception of occasional moral panics about the coarsening of public discourse, and the impact of advertising and television violence upon children, mass media tend to be viewed as a largely neutral or benign part of contemporary life. Even when criticisms are voiced, the media chooses how and when to discuss its own inadequacies. More radical external critiques are often excluded and media theorists are frequently more optimistic than realistic about the negative aspects of mass culture. This book reassesses this situation in the light of both early and contemporary critical scholarship and explores the intimate relationship between the mass media and the dis-empowering nature of commodity culture. The authors cast a fresh perspective on contemporary mass culture by comparing past and present critiques. They: Outline the key criticisms of mass culture from past critical thinkers Reassess past critical thought in the changed circumstances of today Evaluate the significance of new critical thinkers for today's mass culture TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter Outlines Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1: Then Walter Benjamin?s Work of Art? Essay Siegfried Kracauer's Mass Ornament Theodor Adorno and The Culture Industry Marshall McLuhan's Understanding of Media Guy Debord's Society of The Spectacle Part 2: Now Introduction to Part 2 The Culture of Celebrity Banality TV: The democratization of Celebrity The Politics of Banality: The Ob-scene as the Mis-en-scene Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index