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Mass Media, Politics and Democracy: Second Edition [Paperback]

John Street

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9 Dec 2010 1403947341 978-1403947345 2nd edition
This widely used and popular text provides a broad-ranging analysis of the relationship between the media and politics. Revised and updated throughout, this second edition includes coverage of the mediatization of politics; of E-politics and governance; of the impact of 'reality TV'; and of issues raised by the reporting of war in Iraq.

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'Stylish, readable and packed with telling examples from around the world, Mass Media, Politics and Democracy is wide-ranging in its coverage of different media and genres. In a world obscured by spin, soundbites and multivarious political conflict, John Street is an illuminating - and often entertaining - guide.' - Professor Douglas Kellner, UCLA

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This lively and fully updated second edition examines the alleged transformation of politics and the media's role within it

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for school 24 Feb 2014
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...which means it is "fair and balanced" to a fault while still being revealing, although one will have to swim through page after page of empirical-sociology- and cultural-anthropology-informed conceptualizing to find the buried nuggets.

This is =not= a polemic against, nor is it an apology for, the supposed or actual in-flu-ence (read etymologically: IN-FLOW-ence) of the commercial media. For that, see something like Jamieson's =Packaging the Presidency=, Postman's =Amusing Ourselves to Death=, or Pilger's =New Rulers of the World=.

This is an attempt to clarify the various controversies; e.g.: media "liberalism" or lack thereof, "dumbing down," the techniques of "manipulation," "commercialization," "propaganda conveyance," state control, control by wealth accumulators, etc. (One will read plenty about Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp here. And they should.)

Street's work reads like a committee-reviewed doctoral dissertation. The author will go no further in any one direction than he will shortly go in the other. Which may be a bit of a problem for some readers, because it dichotomizes the issues in some ways before it (repeatedly) attempts to reframe them as understandable dialectics in a "money talks" and "you'd be =totally= un-informed if the advertisers weren't making it all possible" world.

(If there is a central message, it may be that one will just have to put up with media and politics as they are because our society is structured the way it is.)

One of the book's most fundamentally revealing segments is on the adoption of "branding" from the disciplines of marketing and advertising. Branding is the manipulation of mental associations between already established images, ideas, values, beliefs, assumptions, prejudices and attitudes... and the projection of new images, ideas, values, etc. Such associations must occur out of consciousness among the "chess pieces," of course. Otherwise the "chess players" would not be able to move them around the chess =board= of labor, war fighting and consumption.

The author does understand a lot of how the media uses politics for its purposes, as well as how the politicians and spinmeisters use the media for their own. If a truly exhaustive examination of such things is your cup of tea, you could hardly do worse than plow through this book, as there really is a great deal between the covers, even if the revelations are cloaked in rather dry language most of the time.
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