Culture, Society and the Media by Tony Bennett

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This book discusses two related themes concerning the role and processes of mass communication in society. The first deals with questions regarding the power of the media: how should it be defined? how is it wielded and by whom? are previous approaches and answers to such questions adequate? The second theme revolves around the divisions between the liberal pluralist and Marxist approaches to the analysis of the nature of the media. These divisions have, in recent years, been fundamental to the debate concerning the understanding of the role of mass communication, and the examination of them in this book will challenge the reader to look more closely at a number of assumptions that have long been taken for granted.

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Tony Bennett grew up in Astoria, Queens, during the Great Depression in a family of Italian immigrants. After serving as an infantryman in World War II, he studied singing and then signed with Columbia Records, releasing his first hit in 1951. Over the course of his sixty-year career, he has sold millions of albums; has earned multiple platinum and gold records; has won two Emmy Awards and seventeen Grammys, including the Recording Academy's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award; and was named a Kennedy Center Honoree. Simon Frith, Tovey Professor of Music at the University of Edingburgh, has written extensively on pop music and culture for the "Village Voice" and the "Sunday Times" of London. He is the author of the contemporary classic "Sound Effects. JOHN SHEPHERD is a past Vice-Chairman of the Science Council of Canada. Graeme Turner is ARC Federation Fellow, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. He is one of the key figures in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia and has an outstanding international reputation in the field. His work is used in many disciplines cultural and media studies, communications, history, literary studies, and film and television studies and it has been translated into eight languages.
Published July 5, 2005 by Routledge. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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