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

Paperback | October 5, 2012

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 professionals on topics and debates currently confronting the fields of communication and media studies. This ground-up Canadian text is designed to stimulate discussion and debate regarding the connection between the key issues in the discipline and the everyday life of both students and instructors. The text is organized to address a cross-section of five dominant themes: Classic Debates in Canadian Communication Studies, Media and Social Issues, Technology and Everyday Life, Culture and Regulation, and Entertainment and Popular Culture.

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Communication in Question presents accessible, engaging, and competing position papers by leading Canadian scholars, activists, journalists, and other professionals on topics and debates currently confronting the fields of communication and media studies. This ground-up Canadian text is designed to stimulate discussion and debate regar...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.06 × 7.35 × 0.75 inPublished:October 5, 2012Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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Part One: Classic Debates in Canadian Communication StudiesIssue 1: Constructing Canada: Do we need a public broadcaster to enhance democracy?YES: David Taras, The CBC and the Future of the Canadian Media NO: Paul Attallah, What Is the Public in Public Broadcasting?Issue 2: Not neighbourly: Is American news bad for Canadians?YES: Heather Mallick, Fox News North Is a Rancid IdeaNO: Christopher Dornan, Voice of AmericaIssue 3: Evil empires: Should limits to foreign ownership of Canadian media be lifted?YES: Richard Schultz, Evil Empires? Nonsense: A Case for Eliminating Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Canadian Media PropertiesNO: Kyle Asquith and Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale, Opening the Floodgates: Foreign Ownership, Neoliberal Ideology, and the Threat to Democratic Media CultureIssue 4: Administrative vs. critical: Where should we stake our claim?ADMINISTRATIVE: Terry Flynn and Alexandre Sévigny, A Fool's Errand: Separating Critical and Administrative Communication Studies in CanadaCRITICAL: Sheryl N. Hamilton, Why Critical Communication Study Is Still Relevant, and Even Necessary, in Our Contemporary MediascapePart Two: Media and Social IssuesIssue 1: Childhood obesity: Is banning television advertisements to children the best solution?YES: Bill Jeffery, Advertising and Childhood Obesity: Convincing Legislators Who Refuse to Believe to Ban Advertising to Children Who Will Always BelieveNO: Charlene Elliott, The Complexity of Choice: Food Promotion and Our Modern FoodscapeIssue 2: Toxic gaming: Do violent video games make children aggressive?YES: Rose A. Dyson, Teaching Children that Killing Is FunNO: James D. Ivory and T. Franklin Waddell, Among a Sea of Influences That Can Increase Aggression, Video Game Violence Doesn't Rise to the SurfaceIssue 3: Buckets for the cure: Do the benefits of cause-related marketing outweigh the costs?YES: Josh Greenberg, Cause-Oriented Marketing and the Benefits to Democratic DiscourseNO: Samantha King, Shopping ? Social Change: The Case of Breast Cancer MarketingIssue 4: Representing race: Are Canadian news media racist?YES: Faiza Hirji, Overachievers, Homegrown Terrorists, and Exceptional Cats: Constructing Race in the MediaNO: Sean P. Hier and Daniel Lett, Racism, Media, and Analytical BalancePart Three: Technology and Everyday LifeIssue 1: The promise and problems of mobility: Power, agency, and cell phonesYES and NO: Richard Smith, The "Danger" of Cellphones: Power and AgencyIssue 2: Activism or slacktivism: Can social media drive political change?YES: Patrick McCurdy, Societal Game Changer: The Political Potential-and Power-of Social MediaNO: Eileen Saunders, Social Media and Political Change: Beyond the HypeIssue 3: Sexting: Should teens have the right to sext?YES: Amy Adele Hasinoff, Privacy, Consent, and Social MediaNO: Nora A. Draper, Familiar Issues, New Implications: Why Teens (and Adults) Should Not SextIssue 4: We are Big Brother: Is social media surveillance a threat to our sense of community?YES: Christopher Parsons, Sex, Lies, and Digital Memory: How Social Surveillance Threatens Communities NO: Kate Milberry, Social Media for Social Cohesion: The Case of the Toronto G20Part Four: Culture and RegulationIssue 1: Red and white on the silver screen: Is there such a thing as "Canadian film"?YES: André Loiselle, Red and White on the Silver Screen: An Iconography of the Canadian FilmNO: Peter Urquhart, Canadian Film Does Not ExistIssue 2: Music matters: Are CanCon regulations necessary to promote Canadian music?YES: David Young, Why Canadian Content Regulations Are Needed to Support Canadian MusicNO: Ira Wagman, The B Side: Why Canadian Content Isn't Necessary for the Survival of Canadian MusicIssue 3: Speakers cornered: Should Canada regulate around issues of taste?YES: Ronald I. Cohen, Should Canada Censor Shock Jocks, Talk Show Hosts, and Televangelists?NO: Josh Paterson, Free Expression and Censorship of Shock Jo