New Reference Books at ASC Library

…And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for a New Administration, edited by Amit M. Schejter (Lexington Books, 2009). Sixteen leading communications policy scholars present a comprehensive telecommunications policy agenda for the new federal administration. HE7781 A75 2009 RES.

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live, by Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman, and Anna Barford (Thames & Hudson, 2008). Fascinating visual mapping of consumption, production, resources and resource practices around the world; devotes a section to Communication and Media. G1021 D586 2008 REF

Freedom of the Press 2008, edited by Karin Deutsch Karklekar and Sarah G. Cook (Freedom House, 2009). Freedom House’s annual roundup on how free speech is faring around the world. PN4736 F742 2009 REF

The Greenwood Library of American War Reporting, edited by David A. Copeland (Greenwood, 2005). Eight-volume primary source sampling of war reporting from The French and Indian War on up through the Iraq Wars and the War on Terror. D5 G84 2005 REF

The Handbook of Communication Science, 2nd edition, edited by Charles R. Berger, Michael E. Roloff, and David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen (Sage, 2010). An array of communication scholars explore and synthesize varying perspectives and approaches within the field of communication science. P90.H294 2009 REF

Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication, edited by Robert L. Heath and H. Dan O’Hair (Routledge, 2009). “Explores the scope and purpose of risk, and its counterpart, crisis, to facilitate the understanding of these issues from conceptual and strategic perspectives. Recognizing that risk is a central feature of our daily lives, found in relationships, organizations, governments, the environment, and a wide variety of interactions, contributors to this volume explore such questions as ‘What is likely to happen, to whom, and with what consequences?’ ‘To what extent can science and vigilance prevent or mitigate negative outcomes?’ and ‘What obligation do some segments of local, national, and global populations have to help other segments manage risks?’, shedding light on the issues in the quest for definitive answers.” –publisher’s website HD61H325 2009 REF

Historical Dictionary of Journalism, by Ross Eaman (Scarecrow, 2009). Iincludes an historical chronology, a lenghty essay on the history of the genre, and an extensive bibliograrphy in addition to dictionary entries on Journlism. PN 4728 E37 2009 REF

Who’s Buying Entertainment, 5th edition (New Strategist, 2008). Demographic data on consumer spending.

Who’s Buying Information and Consumer Electronics (New Strategist, 2008). Demographic data on consumer spending.

Winter/Spring Booknotes

The Aesthetics of Violence in Contemporary Media, by Gwyn Symonds (Continuum, 2008). “Uses existing studies for the empirical audience reception data combined with discussions of the different representations of violence to look at violence in the media as an art form of its own. Looking at “The Simpsons,” “Bowling for Columbine” and Norma Khouri’s “Forbidden Love,” to name a few.” –Publisher’s description

Arabs in the Mirror: Images and Self-Images from Pre-Islamic to Modern Times, by Nissim Rejwan (University of Texas, 2008). The author has assembled a collection of writings by Arab and Western intellectuals, who try to define what it means to be Arab. He begins with pre-Islamic times and continues to the last decades of the twentieth century, quoting thinkers ranging from Ibn Khaldun to modern writers such as al-Ansari, Haykal, Ahmad Amin, al-‘Azm, and Said. Through their works, Rejwan shows how Arabs have grappled with such significant issues as the influence of Islam, the rise of nationalism, the quest for democracy, women’s status, the younger generation, Egypt’s place in the Arab world, Israel’s role in Middle Eastern conflict, and the West’s ‘cultural invasion.’”—Publisher’s website

Asian Americans and the Media, by Kent A. Ono (Polity Press, 2009). “Offers us the much needed critical tools, terminology, and historical framework for reading, deconstructing, and intervening in the politics of ambivalent representation of Asian Americans across a wide range of old and new media, from silent films to YouTube.” –Elena Tajima Creef, Wellesley College

The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence, by Jeffrey Scheuer (Routledge, 2008). “Explores journalistic excellence from three broad perspectives. First, from the democratic perspective, he shows how journalism is a core democratic function, and journalistic excellence a core democratic value. Then, from an intellectual perspective, he explores the ways in which journalism addresses basic concepts of truth, knowledge, objectivity, and ideology. Finally, from an institutional perspective, he considers the role and possible future of journalism education, the importance of journalistic independence, and the potential for nonprofit journalism to meet the journalistic needs of a democratic society.” –Publisher’s description


Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture
, by Jing Wang (Harvard, 2008). “Few have gone as far as Jing Wang in combining marketing research with cultural analysis, and no other author has provided as detailed, penetrating, and up-to-date a portrayal of the processes of transnational advertising and marketing in China.”–Yuezhi Zhao, author of Communication in China: Political Economy, Power and Conflict

Broadcast and Internet Indecency: Defining Free Speech
, by Jeremy Harris Lipshultz (Routledge, 2008). Examines broadcast and Internet indecency from legal and social perspectives, utilizing current cases and well-publicized examples.

Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India, by Preminda Jacob (Lexingtong Books, 2008). “…Study of film hoardings and cutout figures in Chennai, South India…fine-grained analysis of these spectacular hand-painted ephemera makes visible a ‘temporal network between cinematic spectacle and religious vision, charisma and public culture, and commerce and art.” –Ajay Sinha, Mount Holyyoke College

Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics, by Gordon B. Arnold (Praeger Publishers, 2008). Considers how films and other media have both shaped and reflected notions of conspiracy in American society.

Controversial Cinema: The Films That Outraged America, by Kendall, R. Phillips (Praeger, 2008). Highly readable analysis of four broad areas of controversy, the usual suspects: sex and sexuality, violence, race, and religion and the related debate-sparking films: The Silence of the Lambs, Natural Born Killers, Do the Right Thing, and The Passion of the Christ.

Death Row Women: Murder, Justice, and the New York Press
, by Mark Gado (Praeger, 2008). “Using a small but rich data set to write about an obscure research topic, former New York police detective and federal DEA agent Gado provides insight into contemporary practices associated with punishment, media, and the way social institutions interact to justify capital punishment. He discusses in detail the stories of six women executed in New York’s Sing Sing prison. Media accounts from the era in which these women were accused, tried, and eventually executed lead readers to question the media’s true intent. Referring to headlines, selective facts, colorful nicknames, and wild exaggerations, Gado describes how these women, their crimes, and the state response were socially constructed.” –Choice

Democratic Communications: Formations, Projects, Possibilities, by James F. Hamilton (Lexington Books, 2008). The traditional lines between mainstream and alternative and between producers and consumers have been blurred. Using a comprehensively argued cultural and historical analysis, the book rethinks long-standing assumptions about alternative media and democratic communications. By providing greater understanding of historical resources, limitations, and possibilities, this book makes a key contribution not only to scholarship in this area, but also to this pressing social, political, and cultural issue.

Digital Storytelling, Mediatized Stories: Self-Representations in New Media, edited by Knut Lundby (Peter Lang Publishing, 2009). “Recent years have seen amateur personal stories, focusing on me, flourish on social networking sites and in digital storytelling workshops. The resulting digital stories could be called mediatized stories. This book deals with these self-representational stories, aiming to understand the transformations in the age-old practice of storytelling that have become possible with the new, digital media. Its approach is interdisciplinary, exploring how the mediation or mediatization processes of digital storytelling can be grasped and offering a sociological perspective of media studies and a socio-cultural take of the educational sciences.” –Publisher’s description

Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers
, edited by Tyrone L. Adams and Stephen A. Smith. (University of Texas, 2008). “The major contribution of this book is that the idea of ‘tribe’ is fully and robustly explicated in ways that challenge existing wisdom, particularly the idea that Internet users are best understood as communities…international perspective [that includes] a surprising array of subcultures.” –H. L. Goodall Jr., Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

Embedded Thinking, by Zsuzsanna Kondor (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). “The new devices of communication that have recently been emerging have far-reaching effects not only on our everyday lives, but also on our cognitive patterns: they lead us back again into the world of multimodality, and call attention, not incidentally, to the widening gap between everyday experience and the traditional convictions of philosophy. Traditional philosophical inquiries are seen in a new light when viewed from the perspective of communications technology. From that perspective, it becomes clear that a radical turn has become inevitable in the field of metaphysics and epistemology. This volume attempts to provide building-blocks for the new edifice of philosophy towards which that turn is leading.”—Publisher’s website

From Iron Fist to Invisible Hand: The Uneven Path of Telecommunications Reform in China, by Irene S. Wu (Stanford, 2008).”Uses telecommunications policy as a window to examine major contradictions in China’s growth as an economic and political superpower. While China policy analysts wonder why the government occasionally restrains growth and raises prices, technologists marvel at how the telecommunications industry continues to grow enormously despite constraints and unpredictability in the market. ..Provides six policy-focused case studies, each centered on a question with implications for telecom stakeholders…These cases explain the government’s liberal and conservative approach toward reform, the policies that both promote and constrain business, and the major hurdles that lie ahead in telecommunications reform.” –Publisher’s website

Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics, edited by Pamela Wilson and Michelle Stewart (Duke University Press, 2008). Scholars and activists observe how indigenous people around the world have used media to express themselves and their struggles.

Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, by Alex Wright (Cornell, 2008).
“Penetrating and highly entertaining meditation of our information age and its historical roots.” –Los Angeles Times

Hegemony in the Digital Age: The Arab/Israeli Conflict Online, by Stephen Marmura (Lexington books, 2008). Detailed analysis of web postings of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish fundamentalist groups in their effort to mobilize support amongst their own as well as in the world, especially in the United States.

Journalism and Political Democracy, by Carolina Matos (Lexington Books, 2008). The role of the mass media during the Braziliian democratization process in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium, by Rebecca Beirne (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Media discussed include The L Word, the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and lesbian-produced pornography.

The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America’s First Modern Press Secretary, by Linda L. Levin (Prometheus, 2008). Journalist Linda Lotridge Levin documents how Early remade what had been just a routine White House briefing function into the modern high-visibility role of today’s presidential press secretary. A highly respected Associated Press reporter, Early launched a breathtaking reorganization of the way government informed the public. For the first time, the president held two news conferences a week. Under Early’s guidance, the press evolved from just print journalism into the use of radio and newsreels, so he was the first press secretary to have the luxury and the frustrations of dealing with both broadcast and print media on a daily basis. Among his most important contributions, Early helped the president create the famous “Fireside Chats,” –Publisher’s website

No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-Hour News Cycle, by Howard Rosenberg and Charles Feldman (Continuum, 2008). “The faster we feed the mass media beast, the faster it devours us. Step back, read Rosenberg & Feldman, then step even further back and start thinking how to save yourselves and democracy from the tsunami of blarney, blather, and bathos that passes as news today.” – Bill Moyers

The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club, edited by Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker (State University of New York Press, 2008). “This collection is important not only for those interested in Oprah’s Book Club, but also for [those] interested in contemporary reading practices and, in particular, the sociology of literature. The theoretical foundations found in the various essays are wide-ranging, and the research methods used and discussed illustrate the exciting potential of reading scholarship.” –DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Mount Saint Vincent University

Philosophies of Communication: Implications for Everyday Experience
, edited by Melissa A. Cook and Annette M. Holba (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). “Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the contributors build from classical critical assessment of oration and current understanding of how philosophy, rhetoric and ethics work together to create communication. They consider the ethics of the schadenfreude, political communication and celebrity advocacy, ethical dialog in the classroom, narrative identity and public memory (with Morocco as a case study), constructive rhetorical approaches to contemporary public relations practice, narratives in communications practices of interpretation for the ethical deliberation of contentious organizations, a unity of contraries within interpersonal communications, and the engagement of the rhetorical consciousness in an organization for dynamic communication exchange.” –Publisher’s website

A Political History of Journalism, by Geraldine Muhlmann (Polity, 2008). “This is a stimulating and deeply intelligent book, full of striking insights into landmarks in the journalistic history of Britain, France, and the US. …the most sophisticated inquiry I know into the complexity of a serious journalist’s two enduring problems: how to find a relation to events in which they are not flattened into false familiarity, and a relation to readers in which they are not seduced into false consensus.” –Todd Gitlin, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Post-Transcendental Communication: Contexts of Human Autonomy, by Colin B. Grant (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). Table of Contents: History of communication theory – The appeal of communication – Errors in transmission: information and meaning – Communication and autonomy – Interactivity – Multiple meanings, multiple readings – Power, communication, control – Detranscendentalising understanding.

Reading Japan Cool: Patterns of Manga Literacy and Discourse
, by John E. Ingulsrud and Kate Allen (Lexington Books, 2009). Audience study of the consumers of Japanese animation, video games and manga from around the world.

Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America, by Amy L. Fairchild and Ronald Bayer (University of California Press, 2007). “Public health surveillance is framed as a social practice that is embedded within particular contexts rather than as a purely technical undertaking insulated from politics, law, economics, ethics, and societal forces. The authors cite encounters with tuberculosis (TB), syphilis, HIV/AIDS, and immunization registry efforts to illustrate the pervasive tension in disease surveillance activities that has existed between privacy and the welfare of society since the inception of surveillance in the 19th century.” –Kathleen F. Gensheimer, Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Taking South Park Seriously, edited by Andrew Weinstock (State University of New York Press, 2008). Essays on the cultural meaning and impact of the television show.

Television, Power, and the Public in Russia, by Ellen Mickiewicz (Cambridge, 2008). “This focus group based study of Russian television audiences presents a superb analysis of the many ways in which diverse life circumstances alter television’s impact on viewers. It also provides fascinating insights into ordinary citizens’ perceptions of life, politics, and the mass media in contemporary Russia, using U.S. news media and politics as a foil for comparison. This is essential reading for comparativists, political psychologists, and mass media scholars.” –Doris Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago

Transnational Media Events: The Mohammed Cartoons and the Imagine Clash of Civilizations
, edited by Elisabeth Eide, Risto Kunelius, and Angela Phillips (Nordicom, 2009). Lessons learned and questions raised by leading media researchers on media coverage of the Mohammed cartoons in 16 countries.

Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York and London
, by Lisa Keller (Columbia University Press, 2008). “In an effort to create a secure urban environment in which residents can work, live, and prosper with minimal disruption, New York and London established a network of laws, policing, and municipal government in the nineteenth century aimed at building the confidence of the citizenry and creating stability for economic growth. At the same time, these two world cities attempted to maintain an expansive level of free speech and assembly, concepts deeply ingrained in both national cultures. As democracy expanded in tandem with the size of the cities themselves, the two goals clashed, resulting in tensions over their compatibility.” –Publisher’s website

TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television, by Mary M. Dalton and Laura R. Linder (Peter Lang Publishing, 2009). Analyzes depictions of teachers since Mister Peepers and Our Miss Brooks in the 1950s.

TV Drama in China,
edited by Ying Zhu, Michael Keane, and Ruoyun Bai (University of Washington Press, 2009). “This collection of essays brings together the first comprehensive study of TV drama in China. Examining in depth the production, distribution, and consumption of TV drama, an international team of experts demonstrate why it remains the pre-eminent media form in China. The collection explores industry dynamics, how TV dramas are marketed and consumed on DVD, and China’s aspirations to export its television drama rights” –Publishers’ website

Urban Communication Reader, edited by Gene Burd, Susan J. Drucker, and Gary Gumpert (Hampton Press, 2007). “Explores the contemporary city and suburb and its changing nature as seen through the eyes of a group of interdisciplinary communication scholars. It explores the nature of community and neighborhood in an age of communication change. It focuses on social interaction from the ball park to the cyberpark, from the civic plaza to the electronic meeting place, from architecture and design and its communicative function to the Wi-fi as a public convenience available without regard to place. The Reader covers three general areas: perspectives on history, philosophy, and methods of research on cities; cases of contested urban places and spaces; and regional and global urban communication patterns.”—Publisher’s description

A Word from Our Viewers: Reflections From Early Television Audiences (Praeger, 2008). “Explores the early decades of television, from the 1930s to the 1960s, as recollected by an array of veteran viewers. The text examines how people watched, including the early models of TV receivers and paraphernalia, TV-viewing behaviors and protocols; the types of programs they watched such as variety and drama, news and events coverage, information, culture, quiz, sports, and local programming; and the responses of social and media critics, literary and visual artists, and others to TV in its early years.”—Publisher’s website

YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, by Jean Burgess and Joshua Green (Polity Press, 2009). Drawing on both the theoretical and empirical the authors discuss how YouTube is being used by media industries, professional and amateur producers and by specific communities in ways that redefine current notions about cultural production and consumption.

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New Reference Books at ASC

The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, edited by Andrea Lunsford, Kirt Wilson, and Rosa Eberly (Sage, 2009). Brings together top scholars and researchers from across disciplines–composition, speech communication, English, philosophy, education, sociology, African-American studies–who are doing work in rhetorical studies; addresses fundamental issues and pivotal questions about the role of rhetoric in history and in today’s society. PN 175 S15 2009

The New York Times on the Presidency 1853-2008, edited by Meena Bose (CQ Press, 2009). Contains a variety of news articles, editorials and data from The Times selected by a noted Presidential scholar who supplies context and commentary. Presidents go from Franklin Pierce to George W. Bush. JK 554 B67 2009

The Sage Handbook of Child Development, Multiculturalism, and Media, edited by Joy Keiko Asamen, Mesha L. Ellis, and Gordon L. Berry (Sage, 2008). “I suspect that this Handbook may become a ‘definitive’ text as we seek to include the perspectives of all types of people, to reach beyond the boundaries that have separated people of one culture from those of another, and to socialize our youth to be more multiculturally sensitive.”
-Carolyn Stroman, Howard University

Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, edited by John R. Vile, David L. Hudson Jr., and David Schultz (CQ Press, 2009). Two-volume reference comprehensively examines all the freedoms in the First Amendment, including free speech, press, assembly, petition, and religion; covers the political, historical, and cultural significance of the First Amendment. KF4770 E53 2009

The Postgraduate Research Handbook, by Gina Wisker (Palgrave, 2008). An accessible guide through research for all postgraduate students, including international students, involved in MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD study. LB2371 W576 2008

Dictionary of Media and Communications, by Marcel Danesi (M.E. Sharpe, 2009). Complete listing of media concepts, figures, and techniques with illustrations and historical commentaries. Features an introduction by Arthur Asa Berger; also includes terms related to psychology, linguistics, aesthetics, computer science, semiotics, culture theory, anthropology, and more that relate to media studies. P87.5 .D359 2009

Toronto School of Communication Theory : Interpretations, Extensions, Applications, edited by Rita Watson & Menahem Blondheim (Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2007) “This collection aims to re-assess the existence and re-evaluate the contribution of the Toronto School of Communication. Both editors and contributors are to be commended for assembling a well researched and timely study featuring excellent papers, insightful views, and vigorous critical assessment. The Toronto School of Communication Theory will certainly appeal to media students and scholars, as well as anyone interested in the individuals who come under discussion.” — Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology, University of Toronto P90 .T67 2007

Television Studies: the Key Concepts, by Neil Casey, Bernadette Casey, Justin Lewis, Ben Calvert, and Liam French (Routledge, 2008). The authors cover approximately 70 key concepts relating to TV studies and each entry is at least 2 or 3 pages. Includes bibliography. PN1992.5 .T385 2008

Key readings in media today : mass communication in contexts, edited by Brooke Erin Duffy and Joseph Turow (Routledge, 2009). “Provides both historical and contemporary analyses of each of the major media industries: book, newspaper, magazine, sound recording/radio, motion picture, television, new media, advertising, and public relations. The volume places an emphasis on convergence, looking at the ways boundaries between these media industries are blurring in surprising new ways. Section introductions and headnotes for each article offer valuable critical and historical context.” –Publishers’ website P91.25 .K49 2009

Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 Through 2007, by Vincent Terrace (McFarland, 2009). This work represents decades of research and spans televisions entire history of television from the leading researcher in television reference. “While documentation regarding cast and personnel is now often found online, descriptions of the shows from authoritative sources are still not widely available. Terrace fills that gap with this work, which covers over 9,100 shows (including pilots!) and constitutes the most comprehensive documentation of TV series ever published. All the traditional genres are here along with show genres not well covered elsewhere–including children’s programming, talk shows, game shows, stage plays, women’s programming, dance, and more.”–Publisher’s website PN1992.3.U6 T463 2008

Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science, edited by Melissa K. Welch-Ross and Lauren G. Fasig (Sage, 2007) . Gives a picture of the communication and dissemination of behavioral science, the main actors, contemporary themes and approaches, key challenges, and the broader conditions that influence whether and how the work occurs.
BF77 .H27 2007

The Presidents on Film: A Comprehensive Filmography of Portrayals from George Washington to George W. Bush, by Sarah Miles Bolam and Thomas J. Bolam (McFarland, 2007). Though already outdated given new films on the scene such as Frost/Nixon and W, this book does the hard work, collecting movies you never heard of about presidents you haven’t thought about since memorizing their names back in middle school American History.
PN 1995.9 P678 B65 2007

President Obama Election 2008: Collection of newspaper Front Pages Selected by the Poynter Institute (Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2008). “The morning-after newspaper, with the huge headlines reserved for historic events, continues to be seen as the indispensable keepsake–one that can forever evoke and refresh a deeply consequential memory.” –G.B. Trudeau, from the Introduction E 907 P74 2008

Fall Booknotes

All the Presidents’ Spokesmen: Spinning the News—White House Press Secretaries from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush (Praeger, 2008). A survey of 26 press secretaries over the years; instead of a chronological approach, the book is arranged around recurring themes that Presidents and their “spin masters” have had to deal with.

Asian Americans and the Media, by Kent A. Ono and Vincent Pham (Polity, 2008). U.S. media representation of Asian Americans, including newer internet-situated media.

Certain Victory: Images of World War II in the Japanese Media, by David C. Earhart (M. E. Sharpe, 2008). Gathered for the analysis are over 800 images selected from 2,500 newspapers and magazines published between 1937 and 1945.

Common Sense: Intelligence as Presented on Popular Television, by Lisa Holderman (Lexington Books, 2008). “Examines the constructions of intelligence and intellectuality in popular television and the social/cultural implications of those constructions. It considers the complexity of popular television images, the influences of these images as they both verify and vilify intelligence, and explores the representations of intelligence on television by looking at a variety of TV genres and through a range of theoretical perspectives and methods.” –Publisher’s website

Frames of Mind: A Post-Jungian Look at Cinema, Television and Technology, by Luke Hockley (Intellect, 2008). Explores the roles and uses of analytical psychology in film and television criticism.

The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, by Jonathan Zittrain (Yale, 2008). “The Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true “netizens.”—from The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It blog

Global Capital, Local Culture: Transnational Media Corporations in China, by Anthony Y.H. Fung (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). Uses interview and other data to examine the China strategies of such companies as Warner Bros. Pictures and Viacoms MTV Channel among others as they adapt to the political and economic constraints of working in China.

Global TV: Exploring Television and Culture in the World Market, by Denise D. Bielby and C. Lee Harrington (New York University, 2008). “Explores the cultural significance of global television trade and asks how it is so remarkably successful despite the inherent cultural differences between shows and local audiences. How do culture-specific genres like American soap operas and Latin telenovelas so easily cross borders and adapt to new cultural surroundings? Why is “The Nanny,” whose gum-chewing star is from Queens, New York, a smash in Italy? Importantly, Bielby and Harrington also ask which kinds of shows fail. What is lost in translation? Considering such factors as censorship and other such state-specific policies, what are the inevitable constraints of crossing over?” –Publisher’s website

Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science, by Melissa K. Welch-Ross and Laren G. Fasig (Sage, 2007). An over 400-page guide for researchers, professionals, graduate students, and policy makers who want to learn more about communicating behavioral research to other professionals, policy makers, or the general public; includes communicating through traditional media–television, public radio, magazines and newspapers.

Hate on the Net: Extremist Sites, Neo-Fascism On-line, Electronic Jihad,
by Antonio Roversi (Ashgate, 2008). A detailed study of websites that incite violence, whether real or symbolic. Four types are focused on: football hooligans, neo-fascists, neo-Nazies, and Middle-Eastern militant Islamists.

Here Comes Everybody : The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, by Clay Shirky (Penguin Press, 2008). “How do trends emerge and opinions form? The answer used to be something vague about word of mouth, but now it’s a highly measurable science, and nobody understands it better than Clay Shirky. In this delightfully readable book, practically every page has an insight that will change the way you think about the new era of social media.” -Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of The Long Tail

The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation, by David Whitley (Ashgate, 2008). Focuses on the ways in which the natural world has been portrayed by Disney animation over the years, from Snow White to Finding Nemo, including how ambiguities and tensions underlie dominant values.

The Internet and American Business, edited by William Aspray and Paul E. Ceruzzi (MIT Press, 2008). Historical anthology explores the multiple impacts of the Internet on business practices since 1992.

Internet Alley: High Technology in Tyson’s Corner, 1945-2005, by Paul E. Ceruzzi. (MIT, 2008). This study combines “elements of economic geography, sociology, business history, regional planning, and political science as [Ceruzzi] explores how one of the nation’s most important centers of information technology developed.” –Chris Sterling, George Washington University.

Jewish Identity in Western Pop Culture: The Holocaust and Trauma Through Modernity, by Jon Stratton (Palgrave Macmillan). The post-Holocaust experience with emphasis on aspects of its impact on popular culture.

Making Online News: The Ethnography of News Media Production, edited by Chris Paterson and David Domingo (Peter Lang, 2008). Chapters written by a wide range of scholars from many different countries provide observational research on journalists in their natural habitats, i.e. newsrooms.

The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies, by Steven E. Jones (Routledge, 2008). First book to apply textual theories to understanding video games such as Myst, Lost, Halo, Nintendo, and Spore as forms of cultural expression.

Media and Communication, by Paddy Scannell (Sage, 2008). Traces the historical development of media and communication studies; the author maps the fields many antecedents in North American and Europe.

Media and Values: Intimate Transgressions in a Changing Moral and Cultural Landscape, by David E. Morrison, Matthew Kieran, Michael Svnnevig and Sarah Ventress (Intellect, 2008). “…Illuminates citizens’ moral reasoning about the media, culture, and government. A tour de force of nuanced interdisciplinary scholarship…offers wised-ranging insights into the responsibilities of the communication industry, the justifications and consequences of telecoms regulation—and the nature of the good society itself” –Robert M. Entman, George Washington University

Media Violence and Aggression: Science and Ideology, by Tom Grimes, James Anderson, and Lori Bergen (Thousand Oaks, CA, 2008). Provides overview of the research to date, poses interesting questions about the science of it all, how the child as variable-ridden subject fits into the equation, and what should be done with such research in terms of public policy.

Medicines’ Moving Pictures: Medicine, Health, and Bodies in American Film and Television, edited by Leslie J. Reagan, Nancy Tomes, and Paula A. Treichler (University of Rochester Press, 2007). A mix of media scholars, gender scholars, and historians of medicine and science weigh in on the symbiotic relationship between the mass media and medicine in the United States in the 20th century. In addition to Hollywood film and television, analysis includes educational films, newsreels and videos. Professor Joseph Turow, of Playing Doctor fame, is one of the essayist.

Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child, by Lisa Cartwright (Duke, 2008). “Uncovering alternative traditions in the psychoanalytic study of affect and object relations, while pairing them with deep explorations of American and continental moral philosophy, Lisa Cartwright proposes a series of arguments that will radically remap our understanding of spectatorship and identification…a path-breaking book and perhaps the first entirely new approach to subject, empathy, and affect in visual cultural studies to have appeared in the new millennium.”–D. N. Rodowick, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, by Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites (University of Chicago, 2007). Provides rhetorical analyses of nine famously iconic photographs from the past 65 years, exploring what makes them standout artifacts of public culture.

On Scandal: Moral Disturbances in Society, Politics, and Art, by Viviana A. Zelizer (Cambridge University Press, 2008). “The popular way of treating scandals in the media is partisan or prurient and sensationalist. Ari Adut’s book… cuts in another direction. He is analytical and comparative, showing the conditions under which various kinds of scandals occur or do not occur. Adut’s work will illuminate the reader in the advance of sociological understanding. It is both an intellectual pleasure and a pleasure to read. It opens contentious events to the sociological eye with great clarity. The book will make its readers scandal-sophisticates.” — Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania

Presenting America’s World: Strategies of Innocence in National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1945, by Tamar Y. Rothenberg (Ashgate, 2007). An institutional analysis of the writers, photographers and editors of National Geographic as well as a critical analysis of the world they created.

Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television, by John Thornton Caldwell (Duke University Press, 2008). Combines ethnographic and other perspectives in a study of Los Angeles-based film and television production workers, from directors and producers to such crew members as gaffers and camera operators.

Science on the Air: Popularizers and Personalities on Radio and Early Television,
by Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette (University of Chicago, 2008). “Offering a new perspective on the collision between science’s idealistic and elitist view of public communication and the unbending economics of broadcasting, LaFollette rewrites the history of the public reception of science in the twentieth century and the role that scientists and their institutions have played in both encouraging and inhibiting popularization. By looking at the broadcasting of the past, Science on the Air raises issues of concern to all those who scientifically literate society today.”—Publisher’s website

The Television Will Be Revolutionized, by Amanda Lotz (New York University, 2008). “…Definitive guidebook to the medium in transition, offering a road map to where we’ve been, where we’re going, and why it matters. American television is undergoing profound transitions in the digital age, transforming both the television industry and our viewing experiences.” –Jason Mittell, Middlebury College

This Is Not a President, by Diane Rubenstein (New York University Press, 2008). “Looks at the postmodern presidency — from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, through the current administration, and including Hillary. Focusing on those seemingly inexplicable gaps or blind spots in recent American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, popular culture, and presidential behavior to elucidate profound and disturbing changes in the American presidency and the way it embodies a national imaginary….Rubenstein traces the vernacular use of the American presidency (as currency, as grist for popular biography, as fictional TV material) to explore the ways in which the American presidency functions as a “transitional object” that allows the American citizen to meet or discover the president while going about her everyday life. The book argues that it is French theory — primarily Lacanian psychoanalysis and the radical semiotic theories of Jean Baudrillard — that best accounts for American political life today. Through episodes as diverse as Iran Contra, George H. W. Bush vomiting in Japan, the 1992 Republican convention, the failed nomination of Lani Guinier, and the Iraq War [the book] situates our collective investment in American political culture.” –Publisher’s website

Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism, edited by Steven R. Corman, Angela Tretheway, and H.L. Goodall, Jr. (Peter Lang, 2008). Applies human communication concepts and theories to communication problems encountered by nations, communities, and individuals, specifically the war on terror.

When the Press Fails, by W. Lance Bennett, Regina G. Lawrence, and Steven Livingston (University of Chicago, 2008). Relationship between the White House and the U.S. media which the authors show marched in lock step at a time when critical independence of the later could have provided crucial checks.

Summer Booknotes

The Amish and the Media, edited by Diane Zimmerman Umble and David L Weaver-Zercher (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Explores how a group with profound reservations toward the media use their own media networks to sustain their culture.

The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric From George Washington to George W. Bush, by Elvin T. Lim (Oxford University Press, 2008). Traces a simplification of presidential rhetoric over history and describes anti-intellectualism as a deliberate choice; draws on interviews with more than 40 speechwriters.

Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture, by Alexandra B. Bonds (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008). Examines the past and present history of costume for traditional Jingju, Chinese opera.

The Changing Portrayal of Adolescents in the Media Since 1950, edited by Patrick Jamieson and Daniel Romer (Oxford University Press, 2008). “Leading scholars analyze the emergence of youth culture in music and powerful trends in gender and ethnic-racial representation, sexuality, substance use, violence, and suicide portrayed in the media” –back cover

The Child at Risk: Paedophiles, Media Responses and Public Opinion, by Anneke Meyer (University of Manchester Press, 2007). Critical discourse analysis of media representations of paedophilia in two British newspapers, The News of the World and The Guardian.

Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture, by Jack Z. Bratich (State University of New York Press, 2008). Analyzes the cultural anxiety created by the existence of conspiracy theories.

Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, by Benjamin R. Barber (W.W. Norton, 2007). “As an extremely well written tour de force with plenty of examples, Consumed clearly is designed to communicate to non-academics the expansive nature of consumer capitalism and the anti democratic effects such expansion triggers….Barber is a public intellectual and should be commended as such. Targeted to a broad readership, Consumed is a “big idea” book that is critical of antidemocratic corporate and commercial trends.” –Mathew McAllister, Penn State University

Culture and Power: A History of Cultural Studies, by Mark Gibson (University of New South Whales Press, 2007). “A critical analysis of the nature and purpose of Cultural Studies, the book assesses the development of the discipline from the work of Michel Foucault in post-war France and the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies in the 1970s to the expansion of the field in the United States and present day concerns with culture, politics and ethics.” –Publisher’s website

The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) Denounced as offensive and obscene by their many detractors, the weeklies self-righteously purported to expose the city’s seedy underbelly by reveling in scandal. Although immensely popular, they were not a durable commodity, so it wasn’t until 1985, when the American Antiquarian Society acquired nearly 100 issues, that scholars began to study them. The Flash Press traces the papers’ brief but turbulent run through the litigation and public outcry that eventually shut them down.

Gin Before Breakfast: The Dilemma of the Poet in the Newsroom, by Phyllis Asdruf (Syracuse University, 2007). The author, a poet-journalist herself, traces the lives of 13 nineteenth and twentieth century poet-journalists.

Inside the Presidential Deabates: Their Improbable and Past and Promising Future, by Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay. (University of Chigaco, 2008).
“He [Minow] has stood in the center of the ‘debate over the debates,’ casting a cool eye on the medium and on the democratic process he has done so much to shape.” –Jonathan Alter, columnist and senior editor, Newsweek

Mass Culture and Italian Society From Fascism to the Cold War, by David Forgacs and Stephen Gundle (Indiana University Press, 2008). Examines the complex role of film, radio, and other mass media in Italy’s modernization

The Mass Media and Latino Politics: Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004, by Federico Subervi-Velez. (Routledge, 2008) . “This volume is a must read for scholars, teachers and civic office holders who seek to understand the interrelationships between Latinos, media and politics. It is a concentrated text with insights on audiences and media content that all political communication faculty and students should read. Particularly in today’s charged campaign atmosphere this volume holds a special value because it addresses issues of ethnicity/race, language and culture in ways in which other books cannot. Few political communication specialists can tackle the past, present and future of the mass media as it pertains to Latinos and politics.” —Diana I. Rios, Ph.D., Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs

The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Studies, by Steven E. Jones (Routledge, 2008). The first book to examine video games through lens of textual studies.

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide, edited by Allan Thompson (Pluto Press, 2007). Volume draws on over 30 contributors who attended a symposium hosted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Ottawa in March of 2004.
Medium Cool: Music Videos From Soundies to Cellphones, edited by Roger Bebe and Jason Middleton (Duke, 2007). Wide ranging essays on how music videos are thriving in their post-MTV incarnations via the internet and mobile devices.

Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics, by Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais (Rutgers University Press, 2008). “Building on the seminal work of previous generational theorists, [the authors] demonstrate and describe, for the first time, the two types of realignments-“idealist” and “civic”-that have alternated with one another throughout the nation’s history. Based on these patterns, Winograd and Hais predict that the next realignment will be very different from the last one that occurred in 1968. “Idealist” realignments, like the one put into motion forty years ago by the Baby Boomer Generation, produce, among other things, a political emphasis on divisive social issues and governmental gridlock. “Civic” realignments, like the one that is coming, and the one produced by the famous GI or “Greatest” Generation in the 1930s, by contrast, tend to produce societal unity, increased attention to and successful resolution of basic economic and foreign policy issues, and institution-building.” –Publisher’s website

New Tech, New Ties, by Rich Ling (The MIT Press, 2008). “Ling argues that mobile communication helps to engender and develop social cohesion within the family and the peer group. Drawing on the work of Emile Durkheim, Erving Goffman, and Randall Collins, Ling shows that ritual interaction is a catalyst for the development of social bonding. From this perspective, he examines how mobile communication affects face-to-face ritual situations and how ritual is used in interaction mediated by mobile communication. He looks at the evidence, including interviews and observations from around the world, that documents the effect of mobile communication on social bonding and also examines some of the other possibly problematic issues raised by tighter social cohesion in small groups.”—Publisher’s website

A Political History of Journalism, by Geraldine Muhlmann (Polity, 2008). Comparative history of the rise of modern journalism, from the revolution of the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Representing the Unpresentable: Historical Images of National Reform From the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran (Gender, Culture and Politics in the Middle East), by Negar Mottahedeh (Syracuse University Press, 2007). Draws on literary, historical, cinematic, and other texts in a study of cultural representations of the Babi, or followers of the religious movement, Babism.

The Spectacle of Accumulation: Essays in Culture, Media, & Politics, by Sut Jhally (Peter Lang, 2006). Focus on how the media influences gender and race relations, politics, sports and advertising.

Women for President, Media Bias in Eight Campaigns, by Erika Falk (University of Illinois, 2008). ASC grad’s research on eight female presidential candidates argues that the United State’s press privileges male candidates by perpetrating gender stereotypes and has had a discouraging effect on women’s decisions to run for office.

Winter/Spring 2008 Booknotes

Advertising Sin and Sickness: The Politics of Alcohol and Tobacco Marketing, 1950–1990, by Pamela E. Pennock (Northern Illinois University Press, 2007). Table of Contents: Introduction: Health, Morality, and Free Speech / Part One: The Failed Fight to Ban Alcohol Advertising, 1947–1958 / Part Two: The Battle to Regulate Cigarette Marketing, 1960s / Part Three: The New Temperance Movement and Alcohol Marketing Restrictions, 1970s and 1980s .

American Icons: The Genesis of a National Visual Language, by Benedikt Feldges. (Routledge, 2007). Focuses on the “historicity of icons” in the context of modern pictorial culture.

The Anguish of Displacement: The Politics of Literacy in the Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, by Katrina M. Powell (University of Virginia Pres, 2008). Analyzes some 300 handwritten letters written to federal government officials by families displaced by the Virginia park creation in 1926.

Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology, edited by Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke (University of Washington Press, 2008). “The editors map the multiple intellectual and institutional histories informing the prolific imaginaries, and contested terrain, of feminist cultural studies of technoscience today.” – Jackie Orr, Syracuse University

Children, Media and Consumption: On the Front Edge, edited by Karin M. Ekstrom and Brigitte Tufte (Nordicom, International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media, Yearbook 2007). Collection of articles divided into: Media Culture, Brand and Advertising Culture, and Family Culture.

Chinese Cyber Nationalism, by Xu Wu (Rowan & Littlefield, 2007) Comprehensive examination of the social and ideological movement that mixes Confucian cultural traditions and advanced media technology.

Codyfying Cyberspace: Communications Self-Regulation in the Age of Internet Convergence, by Damian Tambini, Daniolo Leonardi, and Chris Marsden (Routledge, 2007). Based on a three-year study at Oxford University of new media self-regulation in a variety of countries.

The Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films, by Christopher P. Lehman (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008). White animators’ depictions and interpretations of African-American culture in cartoons from the early 1900s to 1950.

Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media, by Robert McChesney (New Press, 2007). Yikes! McChesney argues that even though the media revolution has become more central to the culture, the field of scholarly Communications has never been more marginal.

Confidential to America: Newspaper Advice Columns and Sexual Education, by David Gudelunas (Transactions Books, 2007) Written by one of our own (ASC ‘04 Grad), this book shows how sexual advice columns since the 19th century have served as public forums on sexual etiquette and practice.

Culture and Authenticity, by Charles Lindholm (Blackwell, 2007). “The hope for an authentic experience draws us to charismatic leaders, expressive artists, and social movements; it makes us into trendy consumers, creative performers, and fanatical collectors. It also can lead to the bloodshed of ethnic cleansing.…Authenticity, in its many guises, offers seekers a sense of belonging, connection and solidity. Yet, even as authenticity has become more valued, it has become more elusive and remote. Calling upon anthropological case studies from different cultures, historical material, and comparative philosophy [the author] explores how notions of authenticity develop, what forms it takes, and how it changes over time.” –Publisher’s website

Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses, by Jussi Parikka (Peter Lang, 2007). A comprehensive and critical analysis of the culture and history of the computer virus phenomenon, drawing on the cultural theories of Deleuze, Virilio, and others.

Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, by Maggie Jackson (Prometheus, 2008). “Explores the many ways in which we are eroding our capacity for deep, sustained attention—the building block of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress” as we in our “mobile, virtual multitasking ways” head toward a future of only “snippets, glimpses, skimming, McThinking, and mistrust.” –publisher’s catalog

Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film, by Christopher Pullen (McFarland, 2007). How reality programming and film have helped to promote positive images of gay men.

Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press, by Davis W. Houck and Matthew A. Grindy (University Press of Mississipp, 2008). Describes how Mississippi dailies and weeklies both reflected and influenced opinion on the 1955 case of the 14-year-old black youth from Chicago who was murdered after he was supposedly whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in the state.

Freedom’s Journal: The First African-American Newspaper, by Jacqueline Bacon (Lexington Books, 2007). A comprehensive examination of the first African American newspaper published in New York from 1827-1829.

The Exploit: a Theory of Networks, by Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker (University of Minnesota, 2008). Provides insight into “how networks operate” and “the political implications of this emerging form of power. It cuts through the nonsense about how ‘free’ and ‘democratic’ networks supposedly are, and it offers a rich analysis of how network protocols create a new kind of control. Essential reading for all theorists, artists, activists, techheads, and hackers of the Net.” —McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto

The Guardian: The History of South Africa’s Extraordinary Anti-Apartheid Newspaper, by James Zug (Michigan State, 2007). The history of the newspaper that helped to bring down Apratheid.

Health, Risk, and News: The MMR Vaccine and the Media, by Tammy Boyce (Peter Lang, 2007). Study of the role the media played in fanning or allaying public fears over links between autism and the vaccine against mumps, rubella, and measles.

Internationalizing Internet Studies: Beyond Anglophone Paradigms
, edited by George Groggin and Mark Mclelland (Routledge, 2008). A range of perspectives on understanding the internet in cultural, social, national, and regional settings. The authors deem the Asia-Pacific region as currently the most dynamic in the field of internet studies.

Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond, by Esther Peeren (Stanford, 2007). The work of literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin as it applies to popular culture, including television series such as Sex in the City.

ISpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era, by Mark Andrejevic (University Press of Kansas, 2008) Shows how interactive technologies are increasingly being used for surveillance and data gathering.

It’s Not TV: Watching HBO in the Post-Television Era, edited by Marc Leverette, Brian L. Ott and Cara Louise Buckley (Routledge, 2008). “This book argues that HBO, as part of the leading edge of television, is at the centre of television studies’ interests in market positioning, style, content, technology, and political economy.” –publisher’s website

Journalism as Practice: MacIntyre, Virtue, Ethics, and the Press, by Sandra L. Borden (Ashgate Publishing Company, 2008). Explores the dilemmas faced by public-minded journalists in an era of increasingly commodified journalism, drawing on the work of the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre

Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship, by Sarah Banet-Weiser (Duke University, 2008). Examines the cable network Nickelodeon in light of the relationship between children, media, citizenship, and consumerism.

Live Television: Time, Space and the Broadcast Event, by Stephanie Marriott (Sage, 2007). Analysis of the ways in which television mediates unfolding events.

Madison Avenue and the Color Line: African Americans in the Advertising Industry, by Jason Chambers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). How black professionals in advertising, journalism, and marketing helped to change company perceptions of the African-American consumer.

Managing the Infosphere: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion, by Stephen D. Mcdowell, Philip E. Steinberg, and Tami K. Tomasello (Temple, 2008). “…exposes and explains how electronic communication and networking always consists of spaces of movement—diverse mobilities of information, capital, trade, territoriality, regimes of governance. In so doing, it forwards a constructivist perspective on space that challenges liberal notions of spatial fixity and flow by placing mobility at the heart of its analysis. —Rob Kitchin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Media and Nation Building: How the Iban Became Malaysian, by John Postill (Berghahn, 2008). “A breakthrough attempt to bring nation building back on the agenda of meda and communication research, and a valuable contribution to the field of media anthropology.” –H-Nation

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide, edited by Allan Thompson (Pluto Press, 2007). Based in part on the 2004 conference on the topic held at Carlton University in Ottawa.

The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space
, by Scott McQuire (Sage, 2008). “…Argues that the spaces and rhythms of contemporary cities are radically different to those described in classic theories of urbanism. Changes in the city have been paralleled by the transformation of media which has become increasingly mobile, instantaneous and pervasive. The media are no longer separate from the city…The Media City links Myspace to Howard Hughes; trams to cinema; security cameras to exploding buildings; reality TV to Marx; and Lenin on privacy to Kracauer on the mass ornament.”—Publisher’s website

Media/Queered: Visibility and Its Discontents, edited by Kevin G. Barnurst (Peter Lang, 2007). Leading scholars in the field of queer media studies “travel to many corners of mediated queer life—from pre-Stonewall radio to sitcoms to cyberspace, from niche marketing to personal ads to queer media activism, from weddings to lesbian melodrama to sex work—teasing out the many paradoxes and pleasures of contemporary visibility.”—Joshua Gamson, University of San Francisco

The Media Were American: US Mass Media in Decline, by Jeremy Tunstall (Oxford, 2007). Contributes to the study of global flows of media, arguing that the US media influence has been in decline throughout the world since the Fifties.

Monsters In and Among Us: Toward a Gothic Criminology
, edited by Caroline Joan Picart and Cecil Greek (Farleigh Dickinson University, 2007). How images of violence and monstrosity and Gothic modes of narrative feed into popular culture and even public policy.

Museums, The Media and Refugees: Stories of Crisis, Control, and Compassion, edited by Katherine Goodnow, Jack Lohman, and Philip Marfleet (Berghahn, 2008). Analyzes the conflicting ways refugees are portrayed by museum practitioners and the contexts, stories, and images, often mass media driven, they employ. Basedon case studies in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformations in Emerging Democracies, edited by Isaac A. Blankson and Patrick D. Murphy (State University of New York Press, 2007). A collection of articles on the breakup of broadcasting state monopolies in transitional societies such as Bulgaria, Cambodia, and Nigeria.

Netporn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics, by Katrien Jacobs (Rowan & Littlefield, 2007). Study of independent do-it-yourself internet pornography.

News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment, by Daya Kishan Thussu (Sage, 2008). The first book-length study of the globalization of the infotainment phenomenon.

Pens and Swords: How the Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
, by Marda Dunsky (Columbia University Press; 2008). Analysis of coverage in more than two dozen major print and broadcast outlets in recent years.

Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV, by Michael Curtin (University of California, 2007). Profiles the leading Chinese commercial studios and telecasters, and delves into the operations of Western conglomerates extending their reach into Asia.

The Poetics of DNA, by Judith Roof (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). How metaphors of DNA in the media and other public discourse have reinforced discrimination against racial and sexual minorities.

Political Communication and Deliberation, by John Gastil (Sage, 2008). “A much needed synthesis of the meaning and role of deliberation in contemporary democracy.” –Michael Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Politicotainment: Television’s Take on the Real, edited by Kritina Riegert (Peter Lang, 2007). The articles in this collection all work from the notion that “entertainment formats are important sources of political culture and inform political processes.”—publisher’s website

Public Opinion and the Politics of Gay Rights, by Paul R. Brewer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Looks at how public opinion and the public debate on gay rights shape each other.

The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse
, by Peter Ludlow and Mark Wallace (MIT Press, 2008). History and analysis of the virtual landscape of Second Life, including its own tabloid newspaper.

Thelma and Louise Live! The Cultureal Afterlife of an American Film, edited by Bernie Cook (University of Texas Press, 2007). Essays on the spirited heroines of the 1991 film and its changing reception over time.

Turning on the Mind: French Philosphers on Television, by Tamara Chaplin (Unversity of Chicago, 2008). “Linking philosophy, TV and French identity, Ms. Chaplin also emphasizes the excitement of the medium’s attempt to capture the act of philosophizing.” –Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec.7, 2007

Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England,
by William H. Sherman (University of Pennsylvania, 2007). “Based on a survey of thousands of early printed books,” author “describes what readers wrote in and around their books and what we can learn from those marks by using the tools of archaeologists as well as historians and literary critics.” –Publisher’s catalog

Windows on ModerAdvertising Sin and Sickness: The Politics of Alcohol and Tobacco Marketing, 1950–1990, by Pamela E. Pennock (Northern Illinois University Press, 2007). Table of Contents: Introduction: Health, Morality, and Free Speech / Part One: The Failed Fight to Ban Alcohol Advertising, 1947–1958 / Part Two: The Battle to Regulate Cigarette Marketing, 1960s / Part Three: The New Temperance Movement and Alcohol Marketing Restrictions, 1970s and 1980s .

Worlds in Play: International Perspectives on Digital Games Research, edited by Suzanne Castell and Jennifer Jenson (Peter Lang, 2007). “The ‘state of play’ in digital games research today.” –publisher’s website

“You Can’t Air That:” Four Cases of Controversy and Censorship in American Television Programming, by David S. Silverman (Syracuse University, 2007) The cases are: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Richard Pryor Show, TV Nation (Michael Moore), and Politically Incorrect (Bill Maher).