NEW TO THIS EDITION: A new chapter on discourse analysis offers students techniques for analyzing the language in texts. New content on psychological impact of social media shows that there are often negative consequences to using social media. Increased coverage of technology and social media helps readers apply time-tested analysis techniques to the latest media. Updated examples from popular culture bring theory to life. New drawings and photo images illustrate concepts and enhance the visual attractiveness of this book. New material addresses generational differences and presents to students how each generation interacts with media differently, particularly the millennials. New discussions by thinkers who have made major impacts on popular culture, such as Daniel Chandler on semiotic codes Michel Foucault on change in cultures Mark Gottdiener on sign vehicles in semiotic theory Guy Debord on the Society of the Spectacle Mark Thompson et al on Marx's neglect of egalitarian political culture Marcel Danesi on myth and popular culture Ernest Kris on the Oedipus Complex Sigmund Freud on the purposes of jokes Clotaire Rapaille on the new “Global code” Teun van Dyk on discourse analysis and ideology Wolfgang Iser on reception theory KEY FEATURES: End-of-chapter study resources help students practice media analysis and focus on and retain important topics. Vivid applications from popular culture link theory to practice through teaching games and activities that show readers how to apply theories and concepts to various kinds of texts. A comprehensive glossary serves as a ready reference for students.

All-News Radio and the American Bourgeoisie

All-News Radio and the American Bourgeoisie
Chapter 9 All-News radio and the american bourgeoisie
Arthur Asa Berger

What are we to make of the various all-news radio stations that are now operating in many of the major radio markets in the United States? How can we explain the existence of stations that broadcast news 24 hours a day? One would imagine that all this news would result in incredible overkill or supersaturation, yet the fact is that in many large cities, all-news stations are quite profitable.

The programming at all-news radio stations tends to be highly structured and formulaic: Sports news is broadcast at certain times, as are business news, weather reports, features, commentaries, local news, network news—all have more or less ...

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