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Media and Public Spheres
Edited by Richard Butsch
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
17 Apr 2007
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Media and Public Spheres presents empirical studies of print, recorded music, movies, radio, television and the Internet that reveal how media structure public spheres as well as how people use media to participate in the public sphere. They explore the nature of public spheres, how they are deliberative, egalitarian, exclusive or alternative, and the dilemmas that each of them present. The studies include cases of media, present and past, in North America, Europe and Asia.

The contributors collectively have authored and edited over 40 books. They are from the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and China. They are familiar with varied media and political systems and span a wide array of scholarly fields, including communication and media studies, political sciences, sociology, psychology and history.


Description

Media and Public Spheres presents empirical studies of print, recorded music, movies, radio, television and the Internet that reveal how media structure public spheres as well as how people use media to participate in the public sphere. They explore the nature of public spheres, how they are deliberative, egalitarian, exclusive or alternative, and the dilemmas that each of them present. The studies include cases of media, present and past, in North America, Europe and Asia.

The contributors collectively have authored and edited over 40 books. They are from the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and China. They are familiar with varied media and political systems and span a wide array of scholarly fields, including communication and media studies, political sciences, sociology, psychology and history.


Reviews

'Media and Public Spheres provides a nuanced understanding of the complex and contradictory role that mass media play in public deliberation... this timely and insightful volume underscores the need for rigorous empirical analysis of the limits and possibilities of public deliberation and participatory democracy in an era marked by corporate consolidation of the media landscape on the one hand and rapid technological development on the other.' - Kevin Howley, European Journal of Cultural Studies


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: How Are Media Public Spheres?; R.Butsch
Can the Mass Media Deliberate? Insights from Print Media and Political Talk Shows; H.Wessler & T.Schultz
Connection or Disconnection? Tracking the Mediated Public Sphere in Everyday Life; N.Couldry, S.Livingstone & T.Markham
The Local Public Sphere as a Networked Place; L.Friedland & C.Long with Y.J.Shin & N.Kim
Public Sphere and Publicness: Sport Audiences and Political Discourse; C.Sandvoss
A Necessary Profession for the Modern Age? Nineteenth Century News, Journalism and the Public Sphere; H.Örnebring
'They Just Make Sense': Tabloid Newspapers as an Alternative Public Sphere; S.Johansson
Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: The Historical Limits to Publicness; M.Bailey
Digital Radio and the Diminution of the Public Sphere; S.Lax
On Becoming the Media: Low Power FM and the Alternative Public Sphere; J.Z.Schiller
Representing the Public of the Cinema's Public Sphere; S.Shimpach
The Psychedelic Public and Its Problems: Rock Music Festivals and Civil Society in the Sixties Counterculture; M.Kramer
Popular Culture and the Public Sphere: Currents of Feeling and Social Control in Talk Shows and Reality TV; P.Lunt & M.Pantti
The Revolution Will Be Televised: Free Speech TV, Democratic Communication and the Public Sphere; T.Fraley
Lost in Space: Television's Missing Publics; V.Nightingale
From Public Sphere to Civic Culture: Young Citizen's Internet Use; P.Dahlgren & T.Olsson
Blurring Boundaries in a 'Cyber Greater China': Are Internet Bulletin Boards Constructing the Public Sphere in China?; Y.Wu
References
Index


Authors

RICHARD BUTSCH is Professor of Sociology, American Studies and Film and Media Studies at Rider University, USA. He is the author of The Citizen Audience and The Making of American Audiences from Stage to Television, 1750-1990, and editor of For Fun and Profit: The Transformation of Leisure into Consumption.