Mass Communication And Mass Society
Social role and importance of modern media in communication and culture.
Academic programs for the study of mass media are usually referred to as mass communication programs.
The term "mass communication" is a term used in a variety of ways which, despite the potential for confusion, are usually clear from the context. These include:
reference to the activities of the mass media as a group,
the use of criteria of a concept, "massiveness," to distinguish among media and their activities, and
the construction of questions about communication as applied to the activities of the mass media.
"Mass communication" refers to the distribution of entertainment, arts, information, and messages by television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, recorded music, and associated media.
What role have media like newspapers, television, and the internet played in making the modern world the way it is?
What happens when so much of our communication happens on a "mass" basis, between people who don't see or even know each other?
How can we study the signs, symbols, and cultural meanings that make up media messages?
How are the media organized, and how does organizational form shape content?
What difference does it make, for example, if media are funded with, say, advertising or tax money?
Prof. Thomas Streeter.
What are the differences between interpersonal media, mass media, and network media? How can media be distinguished according to channel modalities, economic modalities, institutions, technological manifestations, content, and information technologies? What are institutions, cultural forms, and mediation? What are the differences between a transmission and a cultural model of communication? How can media power be understood as effects? as determination and control? What are the differences between the conflict and consensus models of society?
In mass society, typically the structure of interaction is bureaucratically organized. The need for instrumental control of behavior to purposes divorced from the life process in capitalist society has lead to the bureaucracy as the major instrument of social control. - T.R.Young
The study of leisure in a mass society requires the study of the mass media - perhaps the primary agent of 'massification.' We live in a society saturated by mass media. Virtually all forms of leisure have been affected by this increasingly powerful agent of socialization. Of all forms of mass media, television has emerged to become the most powerful media.
Mass Communication & Mass Society - Journals
Web Journal of Mass Communication Research - scripps.ohiou.edu/wjmcr/
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Mass Society - sebsteph.com/Professional/sebsportfolio/journals/mass_society.htm
Critical Studies in Media Communication: It provides an academic forum for interpretive approaches to mass communication theory and research. Published in March, June, September and December. Focuses exclusively on the range of critical perspectives which help define the expanding area of mediated communication research. It provides an academic forum for interpretive approaches to mass communication theory and research. Several specialized journals represent particular critical traditions, but CSMC seeks to enrich the broad debate among them and shape the parameters of this genre. Very useful to all scholars and also sociology students involved in the research and teaching of media and cultural studies. - taylorandfrancis.metapress.com
Continuum is an academic journal of media and cultural studies. For over a
decade it has contributed to the formation of these disciplines by identifying new areas
for investigation and developing new agendas for enquiry in the fields.
TWENTIETH-CENTURY MASS SOCIETY IN BRITAIN AND THE NETHERLANDS - by Bob Moore
and Henk van Nierop