Understanding Media

Understanding Media


Our lives are more mediated than ever before. Adults in economically advanced countries spend, on average, over eight hours per day interacting with the media. The news and entertainment industries are being transformed by the shift to digital platforms. But how much is really changing in terms of what shapes media content? What are the impacts on our public and imaginative life? And is the Internet a democratising tool of social protest, or of state and commercial manipulation?

Drawing on decades of research to examine these and other questions, Understanding Media interrogates claims about the Internet, explores how representations in TV and film may influence perceptions of self, and traces overarching trends while attending to crucial local context, from the United States to China, Norway to Malaysia, and Brazil to Britain. Understanding Media is an accessible and essential guide to the world's most influential force - the contemporary media.

About the authors

James Curran

James Curran is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of numerous books, including Power Without Responsibility (with Jean Seaton) - which won the International Communication Association Fellows Book Award 2019 - and Media and Power. His books have been translated into multiple languages.

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Joanna Redden

Joanna Redden is an Assistant Professor at Western University and Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab. Her work has been published in numerous journals and sites, including Scientific American. She is author of The Mediation of Poverty and co-editor of Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data.
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