by Hanno Hardt - £27.99 Blackwell (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780631236221 | ISBN 10: 0631236228
A critical, interdisciplinary and historically informed statement about the rise of mass communication in Western societies and its impact on contemporary life. With a lively and engaging style the author ponders the dominance of the mass-produced message in an age overrun by telecommunications and consumerism, and examines its detrimental effects. Hardt convincingly argues that it is the active presence of media organisations rather than the will of the people, that forms and re-forms the social, cultural, economic and political landscapes of society. The book exposes mass communication to a close examination of many of its real or assumed functions in the modern world, and re-evaluates its traditional role as a bastion of democracy and a celebrant of mass society.
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