Available in colour for the first time, thoroughly revised, re-ordered and completely updated with recent examples and expanded coverage of current issues, this fourth edition is a must-have introduction to media studies.
The chapters are all supported by case studies which cover every key topic in the field, from CSI: Miami to the Ring Cycle and reality TV. The book is divided into four parts studying key concepts; media practices; media debates; and providing rich resources in the final reference section.
Stimulating and easy to use, The Media Student's Book includes:
Written by two leading teaching figures in the field, this book undoubtedly lives up to its reputation as the finest resource available to all media studies students.
'The best introduction I know to media studies with an extraordinary range of examples and highly effective suggestions for student activity. Brilliantly updated, making great use of web resources, the new sections on migration, J-horror movies, CSI and free markets show how cleverly the authors take the pulse of media culture.'
-Christine Geraghty, University of Glasgow
'A wonderful teaching tool.' Ralph Beliveau, University of Oklahoma
'Brilliantly conceived and executed, this is simply the best introduction to media studies we have.' - Toby Miller, University of New York
'An indispensable text which no A Level or first year undergraduate student of media studies and communication studies can afford to ignore.' - Andrew Beck, Chief Examiner A Level Media Studies
'This is a model textbook, one which never stops encouraging its readers to go further, to develop their own ideas through independent thought and study. It is very attractively presented and accessibly written but it never talks down - or dumbs down. A wide range of important terms, concepts and approaches are introduced to students without any skating over of complexities and difficulties, and their importance is demonstrated through actual case-studies. But most of all it is the intellectual excitement that the book conveys and transmits to readers that makes it such an invaluable learning resource.' - Professor Jeremy Hawthorn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
'I plan to adopt the Media Student's Book for my Upper Sixth students doing the AQA exam and welcome the fact that the book is pitched at a higher level than other available texts. The layout matches very well with areas studied in the A Level exam. I found the examples used and detail on theoretical background to media studies very useful.'
Tom Kavanagh, HOD Drama/Media Department, St Malachy's College, Belfast