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The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies examines the theories, practices, and future of this fast-growing field. Editor John Downing and associate editors Denis McQuail, Philip Schlesinger, and Ellen Wartella have brought together a team of international contributors to provide a varied critical analysis of this intensely interesting field of study. The Handbook offers a comprehensive review within five interconnected areas: humanistic and social scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and elements in the media mosaic ranging from popular music to digital technologies, from media ethics to advertising, and from Hollywood and Bollywood to alternative media.

Broadcasting, Cable, and Satellites
Broadcasting, cable, and satellites

It is impossible to understand the function and impact of the media of broadcasting, cable, and satellites without attention to the historical processes and tensions that have produced them. More than any other previous or subsequent medium, broadcasting and its adjuncts have been structured within the needs of nation. Born during the period of heightened nationalism following the struggles of World War I, radio and later television became deeply nationalized forms of communication, largely confined within the borders of individual nations, either completely run by or at least heavily regulated by government, shaped to serve the needs of national identity formation during a century marked by bitter national struggles, increased displacement and immigration, and national debates over “who ...

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