The Media Student's Book is a comprehensive introduction for students of media studies. It covers all the key topics and provides a detailed, lively and accessible guide to concepts and debates.
Now in its fifth edition, this bestselling textbook has been thoroughly revised, re-ordered and updated, with many very recent examples and expanded coverage of the most important issues currently facing media studies. It is structured in three main parts, addressing key concepts, debates, and research skills, methods and resources. Individual chapters include:
approaching media texts
genres and other classifications
ideologies and discourses
the business of media
new media in a new world?
the future of television
debating advertising, branding and celebrity
news and its futures
documentary and ‘reality’ debates
from ‘audience’ to ‘users’
research: skills and methods.
Each chapter includes a range of examples to work with, sometimes as short case studies. They are also supported by separate, longer case studies which include:
online access for film and music
CSI and detective fictions
Let the Right One In and The Orphanage
PBS, BBC and HBO
images of migration
The Age of Stupid and climate change politics.
The authors are experienced in writing, researching and teaching across different levels of undergraduate study, with an awareness of the needs of students. The book is specially designed to be easy and stimulating to use, with:
a Companion Website with popular chapters from previous editions, extra case studies and further resources for teaching and learning, at: www.mediastudentsbook.com
margin terms, definitions, photos, references (and even jokes), allied to a comprehensive glossary
follow-up activities in ‘Explore’ boxes
suggestions for further reading and online research
references and examples from a rich range of media and media forms, including advertising, cinema, games, the internet, magazines, newspapers, photography, radio, and television.