Mass media and society / edited by James Curran and Michael Gurevitch - Details - TroveThose actions will usually be prompted by pressures from public opinion or from industry interest groups. Print media , public radio and television broadcasting , mobile communications all converge in the digital infrastructure. This digitalisation produces markets that still lack consistent and rigorous regulation. In instances where regulations exist, technical innovations outpace and overtake existing rules and give rise to illegal activities like copyright violations. This has to be dealt with to defend intellectual property rights see e.
Mass Media and Society
Media Communication pp Cite as. The more prominently the media have featured in the life of a people the sharper has been the debate on what purposes the media ought to serve in society. In the 19th century the press were sufficiently influential to earn the title Fourth Estate, a part of the power structure alongside government, the church and the law. This chapter attempts a survey of a number of definitions of the purpose and role of the media, starting with three broad models of media function — propagandist, commercial laissez-faire and public service. The shift from public to private, aided and abetted by imperatives brought about by new technology, is sketched in to remind us of the rapidity of change and the volatility of definitions. A core feature common to all media, their relationship with centres of political and economic power, leads us to examine the part media play in reality-definition and as agents of social control.
Cite Download Share Embed. This is a response to an article by Paul Dwyer in this Journal which makes several claims about the nature and impact of the political economy approach to the analysis of media and communications. Our response explains how, in capitalist societies, media organisations are integrated into general processes of accumulation, how they exercise power, and how their strategies shape the communications landscape. We explain how the critical political economy approach actually works and illustrate how it has been deployed for concrete analysis in ways that Dwyer seems unaware of. Analysis of shifts in the organisation of capitalism and of their consequences for the structure of cultural production is essential alongside detailed research into how shifting webs of pressure and opportunity impinge on the everyday business of crafting cultural goods in specific cultural industries. We argue that, contra Dwyer, contemporary analysis has a rich legacy of work in both areas on which to build. Categories Uncategorized.
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? 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. Search all titles. Search all titles Search all collections. Your Account Logout.