A full-color interdisciplinary exploration of how media and mass communication shape society and how students can take control of their media futures.
Today’s students have a world of knowledge at their fingertips and no longer need books to list names and dates. What they need is the story of how everything fits together and the critical tools to take charge of their place within that story.
David T. Z. Mindich’s The Mediated World charts the story of media as it has shaped human life and as it infuses every aspect of our modern existence. Mindich’s engaging narrative style focuses on concepts and real-world contexts to promote the media literacy students need to understand their personal relationships with media. Empowered as media consumers, creators, and curators, students realize their responsibility to work within the vast world of media to create more positive and productive futures.
The second edition of this text brings historical media and overarching themes to life for students. Each chapter opens with a contemporary vignette that meets students in the current moment before encouraging them to consider the past. “Application” sidebars suggest practical activities that allow students to delve deeper into topics while “Reflection” boxes encourage students to think critically about their own media use.
With a strong emphasis on media literacy that treats students as media stakeholders who have a vested interest in understanding its workings and effects, Mindich’s text is the perfect book for a generation of students looking to take charge of their futures in this mediated world.
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David T. Z. Mindich is professor of journalism at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where he served six years as chair. He is the author of three books and numerous articles, including ones in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Before becoming a professor, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University.
1. A New Approach to Media in Your Life
2. Growing Up in a Mediated World
3. Speaking and Writing
4. Printing, the Mass Public, and the Mass Private
5. Newspapers in a Digital Media World
6. Going Global with the Telegraph
(NEW) 8. Representation and the Lives that Matter in the Media
9. Radio, Music, and the Soundtrack of Our Lives
11. Movies and the dream factory
12 . Television and Video
(NEW) 13. Hot and Cold Video Games
15. Public Relations
16. Law and Ethics, Media and Journalism
17. Media and Agenda Setting in the Public Sphere
18. The Digital Revolution and What Comes Next
David Mindich brilliantly connects past and present, theoretical and practical, to help readers navigate a vast and ever-changing media environment and better understand how it impacts their lives. The Mediated World is a lively and powerful introduction to media literacy.
The Mediated World is the textbook of media studies we did not even know we needed, with its timeless, deep, conceptual exploration combined with fun content about everything from movies to journalism to public relations to advertising. Media historian David T. Z. Mindich has managed a masterful, critical accounting of how media have changed the very ways in which we think, communicate, and make meaning in our lives.
In The Mediated World, David Mindich’s approach brims with historical insight, cross-cultural awareness, theoretical sophistication, and contemporary relevance. This is a great undergraduate text for both media history and mass communications survey courses.