Conflicting Communication Interests in America

Author: Tom McCourt
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275963583
Format: PDF
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McCourt sees public broadcasting as increasingly under siege as the marketplace undermines public goods and services and as politics and culture are beset by fragmentation. In this first full-length scholarly examination of National Public Radio, he contrasts NPR's mission and its practices.

And Communications for All

Author: Amit Schejter
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739129198
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this book, sixteen leading communications policy scholars present a comprehensive telecommunications policy agenda for the new federal administration. The articles address a range of topics, including network netutrality, rural connectivity, media ownership, minority ownership, spectrum policy, universal broadband policy, and media for children.

NPR

Author: Michael P. McCauley
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231121601
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The people who shaped America's public-broadcasting system in the early 1970s believed that NPR should treat its listeners as citizens and not as consumers. NPR would offer programming that promoted empowerment and social change, appeal to the broad spectrum of U.S. society, and serve communities traditionally ignored by commercial broadcasting. This book tells the story of how NPR has tried to embody these ideals and the extent to which the network has reached its goals. Michael P. McCauley describes NPR's evolution from virtual obscurity when it was riddled with difficulties - political battles, unseasoned leadership, funding problems - to a first-rate broadcast organization. McCauley's work draws on a wealth of primary sources, including dozens of interviews with people who have been central to the NPR story. He examines various internal debates about the direction of NPR and the content of its programming. McCauley also places the development of NPR within the historical context of the wider U.S. radio industry, the ideological and political conflicts of postwar America, and contemporary debates about the ways in which mass media can better serve the citizens of a democracy.

A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting

Author: Aniko Bodroghkozy
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 1118646355
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Presented in a single volume, this engaging review reflects on the scholarship and the historical development of American broadcasting A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting comprehensively evaluates the vibrant history of American radio and television and reveals broadcasting’s influence on American history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With contributions from leading scholars on the topic, this wide-ranging anthology explores the impact of broadcasting on American culture, politics, and society from an historical perspective as well as the effect on our economic and social structures. The text’s original and accessibly-written essays offer explorations on a wealth of topics including the production of broadcast media, the evolution of various television and radio genres, the development of the broadcast ratings system, the rise of Spanish language broadcasting in the United States, broadcast activism, African Americans and broadcasting, 1950’s television, and much more. This essential resource: Presents a scholarly overview of the history of radio and television broadcasting and its influence on contemporary American history Contains original essays from leading academics in the field Examines the role of radio in the television era Discusses the evolution of regulations in radio and television Offers insight into the cultural influence of radio and television Analyzes canonical texts that helped shape the field Written for students and scholars of media studies and twentieth-century history, A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting is an essential and field-defining guide to the history and historiography of American broadcasting and its many cultural, societal, and political impacts.

Battleground A N

Author: Robin Andersen
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313341687
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Provides an overview of the many debates and controversial topics currently connected with our media, providing context, definitions, notable programs, important media events and their historical significance, and future trends.

Digital Music Wars

Author: Patrick Burkart
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742536692
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With the rising popularity of online music, the nature of the music industry is rapidly changing. Rather than buying albums, tapes, or CDs, music shoppers can purchase just one song at a time. It's akin to putting a coin into a diner jukebox except the jukebox is out in cyberspace. But has increasing copyright protection gone too far in keeping the music from the masses? The authors show how the online music industry will establish the model for digital distribution, cultural access, and consumer privacy. Digital Music Wars explores the far-reaching implications of downloading music in an in-depth and insightful way."

Fandom

Author: Jonathan Gray
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814732380
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We are all fans. Whether we log on to Web sites to scrutinize the latest plot turns in Lost, “stalk” our favorite celebrities on Gawker, attend gaming conventions, or simply wait with bated breath for the newest Harry Potter novel—each of us is a fan. Fandom extends beyond television and film to literature, opera, sports, and pop music, and encompasses both high and low culture. Fandom brings together leading scholars to examine fans, their practices, and their favorite texts. This unparalleled selection of original essays examines instances across the spectrum of modern cultural consumption from Karl Marx to Paris Hilton, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to backyard wrestling, Bach fugues to Bollywood cinema ̧ and nineteenth-century concert halls to computer gaming. Contributors examine fans of high cultural texts and genres, the spaces of fandom, fandom around the globe, the impact of new technologies on fandom, and the legal and historical contexts of fan activity. Fandom is key to understanding modern life in our increasingly mediated and globalized world.

Las Vegas

Author: Lawrence J. Mullen
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780739120750
Format: PDF, ePub
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Las Vegas: Media and Myth uses interviews with a variety of individuals to explore life in the fabled American city. With the belief that the media play an essential role in the creation of a sense of community in this transient town, author Lawrence J. Mullen speaks with people who work in the local media industries to get their perspectives about how newspaper, radio, television, and related media help make Las Vegas a livable community.