The Mass Comm Murders: Five Media Theorists Self-Destruct

by Arthur Asa Berger

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers | March 20, 2002 | Hardcover

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The Mass Comm Murders is a novel way (both literally and figuratively) to introduce students to mass communication theory. Berger''s latest comic murder mystery again features Inspector Solomon Hunter and his sidekick, Sergeant Talcott Weams, in the search for who is snuffing out a group of media theorists-though only after each, in turn, explains his or her theory of mass communications. Highlighting theories from semiotics to the spiral of silence, Berger combines theoretical discussion with a satire of academia and a parody of the mystery genre, complete with eccentric professors and international intrigue. This fun and accessible text is an ideal supplement for courses in mass communication and communication theory.

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 20, 2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0742517209

ISBN - 13: 9780742517202

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The Mass Comm Murders: Five Media Theorists Self-Destruct

by Arthur Asa Berger

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 20, 2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0742517209

ISBN - 13: 9780742517202

About the Book

The Mass Comm Murders is a novel way (both literally and figuratively) to introduce students to mass communication theory. Highlighting theories from semiotics to the spiral of silence, Berger combines theoretical discussion with a satire of academia and a parody of the mystery genre, complete with eccentric professors and international intrigue. This fun and accessible text is an ideal supplement for courses in mass communication and communication theory.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Author''s Note Chapter 2 The Mass Comm Murders Personae Chapter 3 "It''s a very sad story," thought Elijah Ashdod-Sfard Chapter 4 The Evangelical Hamburger Chapter 5 "I''m Inspector Solomon Hunter," said the man in the tweed Brooks Brothers suit Chapter 6 "Tell me, Professor Hadley-Lassiter," Hunter asked, "what you recall" Chapter 7 Mikhaila Blotnik-Kiev Volo?inova looked scared Chapter 8 Elijah Ashdod-Sfard gave a nervous smile Chapter 9 "How can I help you?" asked Lisa Shauber Gurke Chapter 10 "Simmul''s room is surprisingly neat" Chapter 11 "We''ve been really busy," said Dominick Wimmer Chapter 12 "Nobody''s seen Professor Gurke since last night" Chapter 13 "She''s not in her room," said Weems Chapter 14 "Nothing here," said Weems Chapter 15 Elijah Ashdod-Sfard''s mind was racing Chapter 16 Just as Weems and Hunter were getting out of the elevator

From the Publisher

The Mass Comm Murders is a novel way (both literally and figuratively) to introduce students to mass communication theory. Berger''s latest comic murder mystery again features Inspector Solomon Hunter and his sidekick, Sergeant Talcott Weams, in the search for who is snuffing out a group of media theorists-though only after each, in turn, explains his or her theory of mass communications. Highlighting theories from semiotics to the spiral of silence, Berger combines theoretical discussion with a satire of academia and a parody of the mystery genre, complete with eccentric professors and international intrigue. This fun and accessible text is an ideal supplement for courses in mass communication and communication theory.

About the Author

Arthur Asa Berger is professor emeritus of broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University.

Editorial Reviews

The Mass Comm Murders brings communication theories to life in a unique way, turning infotainment back onto the field that invented it. This book will be valuable to students of communication and to anyone interested in the global roots of this burgeoning discipline. . . . A joy to read.
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