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Media, Society, Culture and You

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Mark Poepsel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Rebus Community

Language: English

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Reviewed by Melanie McNaughton, Professor, Bridgewater State University on 12/5/22

The book covers key areas of media history and culture/society, but feels quite limited in places. The glossary, and the approach to the book, feels quite basic. Very little in the way of theory is presented or explored. I would like to see key... read more

Reviewed by Mara Pierce, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Montana State University - Billings on 1/15/20

There is a great deal of information included in this text. However, there are also holes that need filling. For example, the author discusses digital culture as “interacting on digital networks”(p.15), but excludes the act of digital photography... read more

Reviewed by Jared Bahir Browsh, Instructor, CU Boulder on 7/1/19

I thought the book does a good job generally covering the media that constitute the vast majority of consumption by audiences. The historic approach is helpful since there are a number of books that look at the “now” without touching upon the... read more

Reviewed by Tim Janda, Lecturer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln on 4/10/19

The text provides a sound introduction to the topic, and in particular it does a good job of introducing and contextualizing the specialized terminology and concepts (jargon) necessary for beginning a discussion of the subject, and linking them to... read more

Reviewed by Erin B. Waggoner, Lecturer, Longwood University on 3/15/19

This text seems great for an introductory-level class for classes designed for discovery of the discipline or for high school students. The glossary is solid, and does link to specific pages in the textbook (though there requires some digging to... read more

Reviewed by Rebecca Willoughby, Instructor of English, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/13/19

This text's title implies an ambitious goal: to discuss the convergence of media, culture, society, and the individual. Yet through some brisk chapters covering an array of forms including social media, the impact of technology and digitization on... read more

Reviewed by Suzi Steffen, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/7/19

I definitely enjoy this textbook having chapters on everything from film to advertising to gaming (and including things like gaming, etc.). The table of contents could be slightly more detailed - I wouldn't mind seeing subtopics or subheds in the... read more

Reviewed by Kevin Smith, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 3/3/19

This introduction to media studies textbook is somewhat narrowly focused, and while at times that narrowness helps it achieve its aims, it also sometimes suppresses information that might be useful for students to have to make informed decisions.... read more

Reviewed by Elaine Yuan, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago on 3/1/19

The book touches on many important topics with regard to media, communication, culture, and social institutions. In the first three chapters the author introduces the main concepts about these topics. Then each of the following chapters goes... read more

Reviewed by Dennis Frohlich, Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 1/25/19

This textbook covers a lot of ground, though some of the chapters are extremely short: the chapter on gaming, for example, is only 5 pages. The first two chapters are the most complete. It's almost as if the author ran out of steam as the project... read more

Reviewed by Michael Boling, Assistant Professor of Communication, Oakland City University on 1/13/19

The glossary is good and the book covers a wide array of topics. That said, some major areas of media are given very short chapters - in particular film, television, and gaming. Trimming back on the history of these media is a good idea, but there... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Media, Society, Culture and You
  • 2. Digital Culture and Social Media
  • 3. Media Literacy and Media Studies Research
  • 4. Film and Bricolage
  • 5. Television through Time
  • 6. Music Recording, "Sharing" and the Information Economy
  • 7. Radio Broadcasting, Podcasting and "Superbug Media"
  • 8. Digital Gaming
  • 9. Newspapers and Digital News
  • 10. Advertising, Public Relations and Propaganda

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  • About the Book

    Media, Society, Culture, and You is an approachable introductory Mass Communication text that covers major mass communication terms and concepts including "digital culture." It discusses various media platforms and how they are evolving as Information and Communication Technologies change. This book has been peer-reviewed by 6 subject experts and is now available for adoption or adaptation. If you plan to adopt or adapt this open textbook, please let us know by filling out our adoption form. You can view the book's Review Statement for more information about reviewers and the review process. An Accessibility Assessment for this is book has also been prepared to see how this book meets accessibility standards.

    About the Contributors


    Mark Poepsel, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ph.D. Univerisity of Missouri-Columbia; M.A. University of Arizona.

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