Fake News vs Media Studies

Travels in a False Binary

Authors: McDougall, Julian

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  • Contains interviews with journalists, news commentators and media educators to represent a breadth of perspectives within the field
  • Uses an innovative format to weave together arguments regarding contemporary journalism and media education
  • Provides a refreshing viewpoint on a timely topic which is increasingly gaining currency within global debate
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This book explores the place of Media Studies in the age of ‘fake news’, analysing the calls for a curriculum of critical news literacy as part of a cyclical policy debate. With the need for young people in democracies to understand mainstream news agendas and take a critical perspective on social media news, including so-called ‘fake news’, this book argues for Media Studies as a mandatory subject.  However, ‘fake news’ is not presented in the book as a stable, neutral term with a clear definition, but is instead defined as an idea that risks obscuring the key critical and political premise of Media Studies. All media representation requires critical deconstruction: therefore, any distinction between ‘real’ and ‘fake’ media is a false binary.  The author draws together two narrative strands: one analysing contemporary news and journalism, featuring interviews with journalists and news commentators, and the other re-appraising the discipline of Media Studies itself. This bold and innovative book will appeal to all those interested in the nebulous and often confusing media landscape, as well as students and practitioners of Media Studies.

About the authors

Julian McDougall is Professor in Media and Education and Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, UK. He edits Media Practice and Education and convenes the annual Media Education Summit

Reviews

“Building on a wealth of professional and academic expertise, McDougall invites us into lively conversations with diverse thinkers to convince us that serious critical engagement with the media matters more than ever – and that it can be fun!” (Sonia Livingstone OBE, Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“In an age of fake news, how can Media Studies respond? McDougall puts the case for making Media Studies compulsory in schools by super charging the subject - ensuring it is critical, contemporary and creative and enabling it to be politically relevant and socially imperative. Full of practical advice and illuminating interviews, this is an important intervention at a crucial moment in time - all teachers of Media Studies take note: read this book and get ready.” (Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

“Reading this book is like watching a media literacy hologram exhibit in a modern agora where impressive experts are speaking from their own perspective and Julian is waiting for you at the exit with the word cloud EDUCATION in his hands... He is bringing us back to the origins of media studies...” (Igor Kanižaj, University of Zagreb, Croatia)

“In a time of increasing paranoia about the future of our media industries and infrastructures, Julian McDougall has emerged with a compelling and rich inquiry into why Media Studies matters now, perhaps more than ever before. This book – rigorous, witty, and dynamic – offers a series of keen insights, first person stories, research and examples from the field to provide a comprehensive portrait of a discipline that is re-emerging as a force for democracy, civility and social change when needed most.” (Paul Mihailidis, Professor of Civic Media and Journalism, Emerson College, USA)

“This book is a timely and important contribution to debates about the role of media education in an era of ‘Fake News’. McDougall lets us hear from key figures in the field as he makes a convincing case for media literacy to be a compulsory component in young people’s formal education. An essential read.” (Dave Harte, Birmingham City University, UK)

“Julian McDougall’s book is an excellent proposal to study, understand and move forward in regard to disinformation contexts. With vivid writing, it offers a theoretical and also pragmatic view on the subject, while it constitutes an inspiring auto-ethnographic approach rooted in the work the author has done for so many years.” (Maria José Brites, Media Educator, Universidade Lusófona do Porto, Portugal)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-24

    McDougall, Julian

  • Contexts

    Pages 25-63

    McDougall, Julian

  • Democracy

    Pages 65-105

    McDougall, Julian

  • Internet

    Pages 107-136

    McDougall, Julian

  • ‘All News Is Fake News’: Discuss

    Pages 137-169

    McDougall, Julian

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
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Softcover $29.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fake News vs Media Studies
Book Subtitle
Travels in a False Binary
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27220-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27220-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-27219-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 255
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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