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Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968 (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture) [Kindle Edition]

John Durham Peters , Peter Simonson , Jane Addams , Theodor Adorno , Gordon Allport , Sherwood Anderson , Raymond Bauer , Daniel Bell , Bernard Berelson , Edward Bernays , Herbert Blumer , Warren Breed , Ernest W. Burgess , Hadley Cantril , John Cheever , Charles Horton Cooley , Reuel Denny , John Dewey , George Gallup , George Gerbner , Nathan Glazer , Herta Herzog , Max Horkheimer , Donald Horton , Helen MacGill Hughes , Julian Sorrell Huxley , Harold Innis , Elihu Katz , Ernst Kris , Galdys Engel Lang , Kurt Lang , Harold Dwight Lasswell , Paul F. Lazarsfeld , Alfred McLung Lee , Elizabeth Briant Lee , Daniel Lerner , Walter Lippman , Alain Locke , Leo Lowenthal , Helen M. Lynd , Robert S. Lynd , Dwight Macdonald , Duncan MacDougald , Herbert Marcuse , Thelma McCormack , Marshall McLuhan , Robert K. Merton , Rolf Meyersohn , C Wright Mills , Newton Minow , Lewis Mumford , Gunnar Myrdal , Robert E. Park , Hortense Powdermaker , Saul Rae , Stuart Rice , David Riesman , John W. Riley , James Rorty , Edward Sapir , David Sarnoff , Herbert Schiller , Wilbur Schramm , Dallas Smythe , Hans Speier , Leila A. Sussmann , Sidney Verba , Norbert Wiener , Malcolm Willey , Louis Wirth , R Richard Wohl , Charles Wright
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Book Description

This anthology of hard-to-find primary documents provides a solid overview of the foundations of American media studies. Focusing on mass communication and society and how this research fits into larger patterns of social thought, this valuable collection features key texts covering the media studies traditions of the Chicago school, the effects tradition, the critical theory of the Frankfurt school, and mass society theory. Where possible, articles are reproduced in their entirety to preserve the historical flavor and texture of the original works. Topics include popular theater, yellow journalism, cinema, books, public relations, political and military propaganda, advertising, opinion polling, photography, the avant-garde, popular magazines, comics, the urban press, radio drama, soap opera, popular music, and television drama and news. This text is ideal for upper-level courses in mass communication and media theory, media and society, mass communication effects, and mass media history.

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Mass Communication and American Social Thought is a tour de force, a collection like no other in our field. Peters and Simonson have not simply compiled our greatest essays. This volume maps nearly all we know about the essential dynamics of mass communication, constructing a fierce dialogue among brilliant writers who never had the chance to argue in person. It is a compelling approach, bringing the famous essays together with forgotten works into one powerful book. This collection will change how we think about our discipline and is required reading for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in the evolution of American mass media. (Susan Herbst, Temple University)

This collection of classics is a major step toward the grounding of collective memory for our field. (Elihu Katz, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania)

This is an enormously useful collection, not only for students of the history of communications, but for all who are interested in the history of American social thought. It should also help in the important task of putting questions of large scale communication at the center of contemporary debates about the future of democracy. (Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council; professor of sociology and history, New York University)

Some of the work gathered in this remarkable collection of excerpts―from essays, books, journals, fiction, academic research, and popular writing―has long been out of print, and Peters and Simonson's intention was to make these works available to a broad readership. In their introductory chapter, the editors provide an informative, enthusiastic rationale for the project and their choices and also an overview of the evolution of writing and thought about mass communication. Peters and Simonson also provide lists of supplementary collections and of films that 'raise questions about the meaning of media for modern social life.' They close their valuable collection with a selected bibliography. Recommended. (CHOICE)

Includes nearly 70 papers or excepts from important theorists and researchers over a half century period vital to the formation of an academic discipline. A very useful addition to the literature which should open links for new readers to important historical work. (Communication Booknotes Quarterly)

About the Author

John Durham Peters is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Peter Simonson is associate professor of communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • File Size: 2144 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0742528391
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 3, 2004)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2013
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read February 10, 2013
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Great selections in 20th century educational essays on mass media and communication. Highly recommended, especially for students in graduate programs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! actually unbelievable September 19, 2013
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It came in within a decent amount of time. Not too fast but worth the wait!
I found an amazing price for this on amazon. This normally goes for around $60 but I got mine for less than $20!! The cover was curved and used and the plastic was peeling. Inside there was writing and highlighted/underlined sections. BUT I knew all of this before making my purchase. All the pages inside were in fine condition except for a couple dog-flapped corners. Lucky the notes inside were helpful. If you're looking to buy a used book online - GO FOR IT! (probably unless it says poor or very poor condition.) I'm using this book for college and I don't have to worry about writing on the pages or having to stress about selling it after for a good price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought if for my class ! February 15, 2013
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It is a good book but kinda get boring some times. I got it for class. I think some of the readings are old fashioned and not adapted to our current media situation. Of course they are from the 20's to the 60's but it is good to be informed about the trends of media in that period.
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