Mediaspeak: Three American Voices
This book defines and analyzes the content, structure, and values of three predominant types of public discourse, which are labeled Doublespeak, Salespeak, and Sensationspeak. These media messages are examined to determine how they are constructed and how they influence individuals, ideology, and culture. Discussions are illustrated with a diverse range of examples from popular culture, magazines, Internet sites, politics, television, and film. Fox argues that the Information Age has replaced actual reality with representations of reality. He states that electronic media dominates our lives. Together, these three voices saturate media and technology, profoundly influencing American culture. Fox suggests specific strategies for recognizing and understanding these coded messages.
This lively and informative discussion will appeal to anyone who is interested in learning how print and electronic media manipulate both individuals and society as a whole. The extensive research will appeal to media, communications, journalism, and cultural studies scholars alike.
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tire culture can experience similar effects - confusion , frustration , desensitization
, and impaired judgment . These effects stem mainly from overload , or the
amount and speed of information , and not from the more complex ( and hence
Another effect of data glut is that the information that " gets through , " that pierces
our selective perception , is that which is most carefully honed and crafted . ...
That was just binocular deprivation , an exploratory , health - effects procedure .
Although the number of Americans who understand this relationship is growing ,
no critical mass yet exists to effect substantial policy changes . The evidence for
believing that Sensationspeak in the media can lead to violent behavior is ...
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