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Do average Americans believe that what is portrayed on TV is more "real" that their own experience? This eye-opening book analyzes the kinds of messages about race, class, gender, and sexual orientation that are being conveyed in the entertainment media. The author examines the homogeneous images, characters, and themes that are offered on prime time television and in popular film and music, and their potential impact on the audience. She uses three main techniques — reconstructing knowledge; personal experience; and entertainment assessment theory — to illustrate media's view of the world and show how media stereotypes reinforce this view.

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She has tried to be accurate and fair, says Holtzman (communications, Webster U., St. Louis, Missouri), but lays no claim to objectivity, which she says is neither possible nor desirable in such value-heavy terrain. Incorporating the techniques of reconstructing knowledge, personal experience, and entertainment assessment theory, she surveys the images of The Other in popular entertainment media, illustrating how it constructs a world view and reinforces it with stereotypes. She also suggests alternatives to the homogeneous images, characters, and themes. She writes primarily for media students, but also for academically oriented media consumers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765603364
Author:
Holtzman, Linda
Publisher:
M.E. Sharpe
Location:
Armonk, N.Y.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Mass media and race relations.
Subject:
Mass media and sex.
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
United States Social conditions 1980-
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
00053
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
9.28x6.42x1.09 in. 1.48 lbs.

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