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Published: 27 October 2016

560 Pages


ISBN: 9780195597240

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Media and Society

Sixth Edition

Michael O'Shaughnessy, Jane Stadler, and Sarah Casey

  • The essential text for studying the role and impact of media within contemporary society.
  • The only book to take a semiotic approach to media.
  • Provides a clear explanation of complex theories and ideas like feminism and ethnicity.
  • An Australian text but it also uses international examples, primarily from the USA, South Africa and the UK.

New to this Edition:

  • New author, Sarah Casey brings experience in digital technologies and social media
  • New chapter 17 on Digital Television and Interactive Narratives exploring emerging and evolving narrative forms including streamed television and interactive gaming.
  • New and updated case studies including:
  • -Self-representation in photographs-'selfies'
  • -Television, algorithmic culture and surveillance
  • -University and students - media, law and humour
  • -Banksy - street art, anonymity and culture jamming
  • -UnREAL and reality TV
  • -Celebrity "activism": celanthropy, the Half the Sky movement, and the need to be seen to "care"
  • -Star-celebrity profile: George and Amal Clooney, and the transmission of culture values
  • Updated examples to encourage students to reflect further on the issues discussed in each chapter, including:
  • -Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner at the Victoria's Secret runway show.
  • -Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner.
  • -Jonathan Thurston sharing a moment of parental intimacy with his daughter during the celebration of the NRL grand final win.
  • -Kanye West and his Twitter appeal to Mark Zuckerberg to help him financially by investing a billion dollars in his novel business plans.

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