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Media Analysis Techniques (Commtext Series)

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About the Author
Arthur Asa Berger is Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where he taught between 1965 and 2003. He has published a lot more than 100 articles, numerous book reviews, and in excess of 60 books. Among his latest books are definitely the third edition of Media and Communication Research Methods: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2013), The Academic Writer’s Toolkit: A User’s Manual (2008), What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture (2009), Bali Tourism (2013), Tourism in Japan: An Ethno-Semiotic Analysis (2010), The Culture Theorist’s Book of Quotations (2010), and The Objects of Our Affection: Semiotics and Consumer Culture (2010). Read the rest of this entry »


I Me Mine

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08As an inveterate Beatles’ fan, referring as no real shock that I would heartily endorse this book. Long dubbed the Quiet Beatle along with similar cliches, George Harrison genuinely does offer his voice and reflections with this work. Always an exclusive man, George’s wordings here is a almost cryptic.
This work provides readers having a “glimpse” of George being raised; the previous Beatle describes his working class roots in Liverpool, his musical muse and later on, his serve as a gifted composer, guitarist and lyricist. Indeed, George Harrison has expanded musical horizons; in 1965 he became enamored from the sitar and included it on several songs on “Rubber Soul” and then collections. Read the rest of this entry »

The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Nonfictions)

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007The Personal Camera is surely an exploration of an elusive but increasingly more compelling field: essayistic cinema. The essay film, combined with its cognate forms—the diary, the travelogue, the notebook along with the self-portrait—is cinema from the first person. It is a cinema of thought, of investigation and self-reflection, the location where the filmmaker, rather than withdrawing behind the digital camera, is released into the open, to mention ‘I’, for taking responsibility, and address and build relationships with the spectator inside of a shared space of embodied subjectivity. Authorial, experimental and radical, essayistic cinema belongs inside the lineage of avant-garde and political filmmaking and responds especially to the need we presume today to get more contingent, autobiographical, private kinds of expression. This study gives a unique understanding of an intricate but fascinating field, by engaging together with the work of directors for instance Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Fifties: Interrogating Midcentury American Icons

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From Library Journal
While many people’s notion of the 1950s will come from reruns of Happy Days, this book explores forces lurking behind the visage of an grinning Ike. Although the 1960s be noticeable as a decade of social upheaval, the 1950s had the Korean War, Joseph McCarthy, the starting of desegregation, and polio. Selected by editor Foreman (English, George Mason Univ.), the essays on this book give attention to popular culture as the agent of social change as well as its reflection. Using icons from Elvis for the Edsel, Foreman shows the way the subtle cultural changes on the 1950s foreshadowed the dramatic transformations on the next decade. Perhaps nothing symbolized our changing vision of ourselves a lot more than television, with ethnic shows such as The Goldbergs or Life with Luigi at the start of the decade giving way by its all-around ethnically neutral Ozzie and Harriet plus the Cleavers. For popular culture collections.?Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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Living Room Lectures: The Fifties Family in Film and Television (Texas Film Studies Series)

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05With a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and squeaky-clean kids, the 1950s television family has achieved near mythological status being a model of what real families “ought” for being. Yet movies of the period often portrayed families in danger, with parents and youngsters in conflict over appropriate values and behaviors. Why were these representations of family apparently up to now apart?

Nina Leibman analyzes many movies and lots of TV situation comedy episodes from 1954 to 1963 to seek out surprising commonalities inside their representations on the family. Redefining the comedy like a family melodrama, she compares film and television depictions of familial power, gender roles, and economic attitudes. Leibman’s explorations reveal how themes of guilt, deceit, manipulation, anxiety, and disfunctionality that obviously characterize such movies as Rebel with no Cause, A Summer Place, and Splendor within the Grass also appear in such TV shows as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, Leave It to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, and My Three Sons. Read the rest of this entry »

Television and Elections, 2nd Edition

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About the Author
Ellen Mickiewicz may be the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Director in the DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. A specialist on media and politics, specially in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Central Europe, the girl with also a fellow with the Carter Center. Her latest book, Changing Channels, published by Oxford University Press in 1997, is often a study with the role and impact of television on the end with the Soviet Union from the election on the first post-Soviet Russian Federation president, from 1985 to 1996. Dr. Mickiewicz was the very first American for being honored through the 120,000-member Journalists Union of Russia on her behalf contribution towards the development of democratic media in the region. She could be the author or editor of five other books and numerous journal articles.
Charles M. Firestone would be the Executive Vice President of The Aspen Institute for Policy Programs. He has been together with the Institute since December 1989 plus serves as Executive Director in the Communications and Society Program. Read the rest of this entry »


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03It’s hard to trust that it may be 10 years because the Taschen art book house set the joy of book publishing on its ear while using publication from the world’s largest mass production book, `Sumo’ by Helmut Newton. The 66 pound, 20 by 27.5 inch book was originally issued being a signed, special edition volume full of its own chrome viewing stand made by modern artist Philippe Starck.

Now, upon the 10th anniversary of it’s publication, comes `Sumo’ the coffee table sized edition for people who either couldn’t pay for the $10,000 first edition and who (like us) the huge original was only too unwieldy to regulate for simplicity of viewing. Either way, `Sumo’ is back also it exists to showcase and celebrate what exactly is undoubtedly one on the world’s premiere photographers and his awesome most famous sexy, edgy, (largely) monochrome work.

Newton, who died in the vehicle accident outside Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont hotel right after the book’s original publication, was beyond compare in the event it came to his stark and somewhat controversial portraits with the world’s famous and rich as well as many with the world’s top models and in some cases downright ordinary people. ` Read the rest of this entry »