Introduction to Mass Communication: Media Literacy and Culture (by Stanley Baran) ($41.99 + free shipping).
This text encourages students to be active media consumers and gives them a deeper understanding of the role that the media play in both shaping and reflecting culture. Through this cultural perspective, students learn that audience members are as much a part of the mass communication process as are the media producers, technologies, and industries. This was the first, and remains the only, university-level text to make media literacy central to its approach, and given recent national and global turmoil, its emphasis on media use and democracy could not be more timely. [learn more]
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About Vanessa Domine, Ph.D.: Dr. Vanessa Domine is associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University—home to one of the top-ranked teacher education programs in the United States. Dr. Domine graduated from New York University's media ecology program and continues to develop her research interests in the areas of educational technology, media literacy education, and critical media health literacy. She is the author of "Rethinking Technology in Schools" (Peter Lang, 2009) and "Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools" (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming). Dr. Domine received the 2013 NAMLE Meritorious Service Award for her contributions as first vice president, conference program chair, and JMLE co-editor. You can read more about her work (and play) at vanessadomine.com. View author profile.