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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Media and Everyday Life

ISBN 9781137477255
Publication Date March 2017
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This innovative introduction to media studies challenges conventional accounts of what media do to people – focusing instead on what people do with media in the course of everyday life.  Drawing on philosophical and political accounts of daily life, Tim Markham questions taken-for-granted norms about media and encourages critical thinking about how media underpin the way we experience our lives. 

The book contains a range of useful features which are designed to aid learning, including:

- On-page definitions of key terms and concepts;

- 'Major Thinker' profiles to highlight some of the important theories and ideas at play within media and society;

- Short 'In Focus' features which zoom into specific illustrative aspects of media and theory;

- End of chapter questions to help students apply and reinforce their learning.

By making the ordinary extraordinary, the text gives students an accessible and fresh way into thinking about media cultures, institutions, politics, technologies and industries that is grounded in how they are encountered in everyday life. Incisive and progressive, it provides an essential overview for students of media, communication and cultural studies.

Tim Markham is Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. He is also the author of The Politics of War Reporting: Authority, Authenticity and Morality (2012) and co-author of Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention (2010). 

Preface: Putting everyday life into perspective
1. Why do media matter?
2. Media in Public Life
3. Media goes pop
4. The meaning of media
5. Media and you
6. Technology – the stuff of media
7. Media work
8. Media Industries
9. Living through social media
10. Media is other people.


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