By Art Silverblatt, Julie Smith, Nikole Brown
Covering print, images, movie, radio, tv, and new media, this textbook instructs readers on tips on how to take a severe method of media and interpret the data overload that's disseminated through mass communication.
• offers transparent clarification of media literacy idea and information on studying smooth mass media from best scholars
• Represents a powerful instrument for attaining a key element of media literacy: permitting scholars to decipher info and independently succeed in evaluations and positions with no counting on the pervasive impression of the media
• presents severe exam of arguable, present themes reminiscent of violence within the media and the intersections of media and social change
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