“Will change the ways that you and your students look at media texts, comprehensive, exhaustive, and, yes, fun. . . a marvelous addition to any curriculum that addresses textual analysis.” J. Rocky Colavito, Butler University
“Brian Ott’s Critical Media Studies takes a fresh approach to introducing students to mass media and popular culture, framing an exploration of audiences and authorship, messages, meanings and representation using contemporary critical theory. Presented in a clear, well-written and accessible style, the book offers a robust, reflective approach to engage learners and promote media literacy.”
Renee Hobbs, Temple University
“Critical Media Studies is an invaluable introduction for students, educators, and others concerned with the new and old media technologies now shaping every aspect of our daily lives. Using both empirical data and cultural analysis the book provides a model for understanding the nature and consequences of media evolution as well as the drawbacks and possibilities.”
Henry Giroux, McMaster University
From the Back Cover
This book approaches the study of media from a distinctly communication orientation. Grounded in extensive case study material in order to illustrate key debates and substantiate theoretical arguments, it treats media industries, content, audiences and policies as separate but closely related subjects of study in a structure that lends itself easily to teaching and study purposes.