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