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Mass Communication and American Social Thought : Key Texts, 1919-1968 - John Durham Peters

Mass Communication and American Social Thought

Key Texts, 1919-1968

By: John Durham Peters (Editor), Peter Simonson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780742528383
Number Of Pages: 552

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This anthology of hard-to-find primary documents provides a solid overview of the foundations of American media studies. Focusing on mass communication and society and how this research fits into larger patterns of social thought, this valuable collection features key texts covering the media studies traditions of the Chicago school, the effects tradition, the critical theory of the Frankfurt school, and mass society theory. Where possible, articles are reproduced in their entirety to preserve the historical flavor and texture of the original works. This text is ideal for upper-level courses in mass communication and media theory, media and society, mass communication effects, and mass media history.

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Mass Communication and American Social Thought is a tour de force, a collection like no other in our field. Peters and Simonson have not simply compiled our greatest essays. This volume maps nearly all we know about the essential dynamics of mass communication, constructing a fierce dialogue among brilliant writers who never had the chance to argue in person. It is a compelling approach, bringing the famous essays together with forgotten works into one powerful book. This collection will change how we think about our discipline and is required reading for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in the evolution of American mass media. -- Susan Herbst, Temple University
This collection of classics is a major step toward the grounding of collective memory for our field. -- Elihu Katz, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
This is an enormously useful collection, not only for students of the history of communications, but for all who are interested in the history of American social thought. It should also help in the important task of putting questions of large scale communication at the center of contemporary debates about the future of democracy. -- Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council; professor of sociology and history, New York University
Some of the work gathered in this remarkable collection of excerpts-from essays, books, journals, fiction, academic research, and popular writing-has long been out of print, and Peters and Simonson's intention was to make these works available to a broad readership. In their introductory chapter, the editors provide an informative, enthusiastic rationale for the project and their choices and also an overview of the evolution of writing and thought about mass communication. Peters and Simonson also provide lists of supplementary collections and of films that 'raise questions about the meaning of media for modern social life.' They close their valuable collection with a selected bibliography. Recommended. * CHOICE *
Includes nearly 70 papers or excepts from important theorists and researchers over a half century period vital to the formation of an academic discipline. A very useful addition to the literature which should open links for new readers to important historical work. * Communication Booknotes Quarterly *

Introduction: Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968p. 1
From Hope to Disillusionment: Mass Communication Theory Coalesces, 1919-1933
Introductionp. 13
"The Process of Social Change," from Political Science Quarterly (1897)p. 21
"The House of Dreams," from The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets (1909)p. 25
From Winesburg, Ohio (1919)p. 30
From the Introduction to the Science of Sociology (1921)p. 31
"Nature, Communication, and Meaning," from Experience and Nature (1925)p. 35
"The Disenchanted Man," from The Phantom Public (1925)p. 36
"Criteria of Negro Art," from Crisis Magazine (1926)p. 42
"The Results of Propaganda," from Propaganda Technique in the World War (1927)p. 47
"Manipulating Public Opinion: The Why and the How" (1928)p. 51
From Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1929)p. 58
"Communication," from Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1931)p. 74
The World in Turmoil: Communications Research, 1933-1949
Introductionp. 79
"Conclusion," from Movies and Conduct (1933)p. 91
"The Integration of Communication," from Communication Agencies and Social Life (1933)p. 95
"Toward a Critique of Negro Music," from Opportunity (1934)p. 98
From Technics and Civilization (1934)p. 102
"The Business Nobody Knows," from Our Master's Voice (1934)p. 106
"The Influence of Radio upon Mental and Social Life," from The Psychology of Radio (1935)p. 110
"Foreword," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1937)p. 116
"Human Interest Stories and Democracy," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1937)p. 118
From The Fine Art of Propaganda (1939)p. 124
"A Powerful, Bold, and Unmeasurable Party?" from The Pulse of Democracy (1940)p. 128
"Democracy in Reverse," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1940)p. 134
"Needed Research in Communication," from the Rockefeller Archives (1940)p. 136
"On Borrowed Experience: An Analysis of Listening to Daytime Sketches," from Studies in Philosophy and Social Science (1941)p. 139
"Art and Mass Culture," from Studies in Philosophy and Social Science (1941)p. 157
"Administrative and Critical Communications Research," from Studies in Philosophy and Social Science (1941)p. 166
"The Popular Music Industry," from Radio Research 1941 (1942)p. 174
From Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944)p. 180
"Nazi Propaganda and Violence," from German Radio Propaganda (1944)p. 182
"Biographies in Popular Magazines," from Radio Research 1942-1943 (1944)p. 188
"The Negro Press," from An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944)p. 206
"A Social Critique of Radio Music," from the Kenyon Review (1945)p. 210
"The Social and Cultural Context," from Mass Persuasion (1946)p. 215
"The Requirements," from A Free and Responsible Press (1947)p. 218
"Mass Media," from UNESCO: Its Philosophy and Purpose (1947)p. 222
"The Enormous Radio," from The Enormous Radio and Other Stories (1947)p. 224
"Mass Communication, Popular Taste, and Organized Social Action," from The Communication of Ideas (1948)p. 230
Table from "Communication Research and the Social Psychologist," from Current Trends in Social Psychology (1948)p. 242
"Information, Language, and Society," from Cybernetics: Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948)p. 243
"Consensus and Mass Communication," from American Sociological Review (1948)p. 249
"What 'Missing the Newspaper' Means," from Communications Research (1949)p. 254
The American Dream and Its Discontents: Mass Communication Theory, 1949-1968
Introductionp. 263
"Industrialism and Cultural Values," from The Bias of Communication (1950)p. 275
"Emerging from Magic," from Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1950)p. 280
"Storytellers as Tutors in Technique," from The Lonely Crowd (1950)p. 293
"Our Next Frontier...Transoceanic TV," from Look (1950)p. 309
"Communication in the Sovietized State, as Demonstrated in Korea," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1951)p. 310
"The Consumer's Stake in Radio and Television," from Quarterly of Film, Radio and Television (1951)p. 318
"The Unique Perspective of Television and Its Effect: A Pilot Study," from American Sociological Review (1952)p. 328
"Technology and Political Change," from International Journal (1952)p. 338
"A Theory of Mass Culture," from Diogenes (1953)p. 343
"Sight, Sound, and Fury," from Commonweal (1954)p. 353
"Between Media and Mass," from Personal Influence (1955)p. 358
"The Theory of Mass Society: A Critique," from Commentary (1956)p. 364
"Mass Communication and Para-Social Interaction: Observations on Intimacy at a Distance," from Psychiatry (1956)p. 373
"The Mass Society," from The Power Elite (1956)p. 387
"FDR and the White House Mail," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1956)p. 401
"Notes on a Natural History of Fads," from American Journal of Sociology (1957)p. 409
"Mass Communication and Socio-cultural Integration," from Social Forces (1958)p. 417
"Modernizing Styles of Life: A Theory," from The Passing of Traditional Society (1958)p. 426
"The Social-Anatomy of the Romance-Confession Cover Girl," from Journalism Quarterly (1959)p. 434
"The State of Communication Research," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1959)p. 440
"The State of Communication Research: Comments," from Public Opinion Quarterly (1959)p. 446
"What Is Mass Communication?" from Mass Communication: A Sociological Perspective (1959)p. 454
"Social Theory and Mass Media," from Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science (1961)p. 457
"Television and the Public Interest" (1961)p. 465
"The Kennedy Assassination and the Nature of Political Commitment," from The Kennedy Assassination and the American Public (1965)p. 472
"TV Overseas: The U.S. Hard Sell," from The Nation (1966)p. 480
"Aggressiveness in Advanced Industrial Societies," from Negations (1968)p. 485
Afterword and Acknowledgmentsp. 495
Other Readers and Historical Collections in American Mass Communication Study and Related Subjectsp. 499
Suggested Filmsp. 501
Select Supplementary Reading Listp. 505
The Intellectual History of North American Media Studies, 1919-1968: A Selected Bibliography (Including Works Cited in Interpretive Essays)p. 509
Creditsp. 519
Indexp. 525
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ISBN: 9780742528383
ISBN-10: 0742528383
Series: Critical Media Studies (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.37 x 18.29  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 1.15