Communication In Question: Competing Perspectives On Controversial Issues In Communication Studies

Paperback | November 14, 2007

byJoshua Greenberg, Charlene Elliott

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Communication in Question presents accessible, engaging and competing position papers by leading Canadian scholars, activists, journalists and other professional on topics and debates currently confronting the fields of communication and media studies. This ground-up Canadian text is designed foremost as a tool for generating small group discussion and debates on topics confronting communication and media studies.

The topics are organized to address a cross-section of five dominant themes, ranging from the general to the particular: Communication & Canadian Society, Media & Social Issues, Technology & Everyday Life, Regulation & the Cultural Industries; and Entertainment & Popular Culture.

Issues covered include:

  • Do we need a public broadcaster (the CBC) in Canada?
  • Is American news bad for Canadians?
  • Do violent video games make violent children?
  • Can video surveillance protect us from terror?
  • Should Canada censor shock jocks?
  • Does CanCon promote Canadian music?
  • Has reality TV gone too far?

This text will help you generate student-focused, in-class debates about the connection between the key issues in the discipline and your students' everyday lives.

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Communication in Question presents accessible, engaging and competing position papers by leading Canadian scholars, activists, journalists and other professional on topics and debates currently confronting the fields of communication and media studies. This ground-up Canadian text is designed foremost as a tool for generating small gro...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:359 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 0.81 inPublished:November 14, 2007Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0176104224

ISBN - 13:9780176104221

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IntroductionPart 1: Communications and Canadian Society Issue 1: Constructing Canada: Do we need a public broadcaster to enhance democracy? YES: David TarasNO: Paul AttallahIssue 2: (Not) Neighbourly: Is American news 'bad' for Canadians?YES: James WittebolsNO: Chris DornanIssue 3: Evil empires: Should limits to foreign ownership of Canadian media be lifted?YES: Richard SchulzNO: Valerie Scatamburlo DAnnibaleIssue 4: Media-eats: Do Canadians have a 'balanced' media diet?YES: Lydia MiljanNO: Yuezhi Zhao and Bob HackettPart 2: Media and Social Issues Issue 1: Childhood obesity: Is banning advertisements to children the best solution? YES: Bill JeffreyNO: Charlene ElliottIssue 2: Toxic gaming: Do violent video games make children aggressive?YES: Rose DysonNO: Stephen Kline and Benjamin WooIssue 3: Real Beauty? Can Advertising Credibly Promote Social Change?YES: Karen BlotnickyNO: Eileen SaundersIssue 4: Representing race: Is Canadian news media racist?YES: Minelle Mahtani, Frances Henry and Carol TatorNO: Sean HierPart 3: Technology and Everyday Life Issue 1: Cell in the city: Has cell phone use eroded the distinction between the public and private sphere?YES: Barbara Crow and Kim SawchukNO: Richard SmithIssue 2: The Big Blog: Have blogs decentered traditional news media?YES: Gwen PrestonNO: Mary FrancoliIssue 3: Big Brother society: Can video surveillance protect us from terror?YES: Joseph ScanlonNO: Peter SimpsonIssue 4: Technological fixes: Can new communications technology save democracy?YES: Mary GooderhamNO: Catherine FrostPart 4: Regulation and Cultural Industries Issue 1: Speakers cornered: Should Canada censor ?shock jocks?YES: Ron CohenNO: Joshua PatersonIssue 2: Music matters: Are CanCon regulations necessary to promote Canadian music?YES: David YoungNO: Ira WagmanIssue 3: Pharmacare: Should direct to consumer advertising be limited?YES: Josh GreenbergNO: Kelly MainIssue 4: Not so intellectual: Have intellectual property rights run amok? YES: Sheryl HamiltonNO: Graham HendersonPart 5: Entertainment and Popular Culture Issue 1: Extremely ?real: Has reality TV gone too far?YES: Fiona Whittington-WalshNO: Derek FosterIssue 2: The CSI Effect: Is popular television transforming Canadian society?YES: Marc PatryNO: Michael MopasIssue 3: Self-help society: Has pop psychology gone too far?YES: Graham KnightNO: Michael DorlandIssue 4: Entertaining politics: Is it all about image?YES: Bernie GauthierNO: Denise RudnickiPart 6: Postscript Focus on the field: A look at the historiography and role of media in Communication Studies? Leslie ShadeCognitive Science and the Future of Communication Studies in CanadaAlexandre Sévigny and Karin R. HumphreysAppendix A: Key Terms