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Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts Paperback – Nov 15 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (Nov. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415268893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415268899
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
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'Accessible and highly readable, and notable for both clarity and a tone that comes accross as helpful and to the point...highly recommended.' -  Reference Reviews

About the Author

John Hartley is Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication, Murdoch University, Western Australia, and is the author of Tele-ology, Understanding News, and (with John Fiske) Reading Television.

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A concept originating with Umberto Eco, identifying a mismatch of meaning between sender (encoder) and receiver (decoder) of any message, from ancient art to contemporary media. Read the first page
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c9eac54) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0x9c9f42dc) out of 5 stars school text Sept. 29 2011
By matthew a tarr - Published on Amazon.com
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bought it because it was on my list of required reading. Was really glad to see it available for Kindle. Realized only later that it was a reference book. While I find it very interesting and roughly accurate. I can't say I agree with the definitions (which aren't always "definitions"). There is a fair amount of subjectivity to these terms and their use, but the author provide a pretty politicalized stance wherever possible.
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HASH(0x9c9c7b1c) out of 5 stars a philosophical dictionary Feb. 5 2007
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
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Communication, Cultural and Media Studies does not address me. I wondered not finding the key concept as its subtitle says. After reading I understood it as a philosophical dictionary. It contains a lot of links to other philosophical articles and books. It can be taken as a library of links. If you want to understand what an image is, first you should concern with Annette Kuhns feminist article "The Power of the Image" and then John Hartley teaches you Platos arguments. At the end, an image is understood as "the objectification of self-knowledge for communicative purposes". In my opinion an image is an image - a non text object fixed on a material like paper or in a file and not the imagination. The most popular example of an image is a photograph. And everybody knows, photos play an important role in communication processes. Even amateur photos. In seconds they go round the world and tell us stories....

In some items I do not agree with the author:

1. Effects are described as results of manipulated reception. I'm coming now from a conference about "Digital Content Creation" - a failed description, too. 2007 the producers and the audience understand effects as special effects. By technical means, hard- and software images are produced which can not be photographed but have the look of a photograph.

2. Describing MP3 John Hartley seems not to use a MP3 player. He forgot that there are also other compression codecs, but MP3 is the best with respect to the relation of quality to file size. It was a great discovery of the German "Fraunhofer Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen" and not the discovery of Hacker, publishing "MP3: The Definitive Guide" in 2000.

3. Even the item on violence I would renew completely. If a human is killed - this is violence - and not a point of view depending on culture. Celebrating the new Bond film "Casino Royal" we have seen nearly 100 shots including violence. But we like it. Maybe we do not like it, but it gives excitement to the story. We relate to the hero and wish that he solves his problems directly. We give him the licence to kill. And then we wonder that our kids like to play games murdering virtual humans every minute. Confused sometimes about games and life. Becoming addictive for such games.

I missed in the index: movies, film, cinema, video, Jewry, Islam, Photography, Painting, News, MPEG2, MPEG4, ICQ, Server, Composition, Layout, Screenplay, Drama, Soup, Documentary, HD, Windows, Macintosh, 11-9-2001, Production, Direction, search engine, Wikipedia.