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By Paul Marris, Sue Thornham

Surveys theoretical views at the mass media during the last thirty years. From statements through Marshall McLuhan and Jean Baudrillard to fresh paintings by means of Ien Ang and Ann grey, sections speak about the creation and rules of the mass media; the media textual content; and the reception and intake of the media. whole with an advent and a advisor to additional examining.

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Any hot medium allows of less participation than a cool one, as a lecture makes for less participation than a seminar, and a book for less than dialogue. With print many earlier forms were excluded from life and an, and many were given strange new intensity. [. ] A tribal and feudal hierarchy of traditional kind collapses quickly when it meets any hot medium of the mechanical, uniform, and repetitive kind. The medium of money or wheel or writing, or any other form of specialist speed-up of exchange and information, will serve to fragment a tribal structure.

Its salient characteristic stems from the fact that except for movies and books, it is not the magazine reader nor the radio listener nor, in large part, the reader of newspapers who supports the enterprise, but the advertiser. Big business finances the production and distribution of mass media. And, all intent aside, he who pays the piper generally calls the tune. Social Conformism Since the mass media are supported by great business concerns geared into the current social and economic system, the media contribute to the maintenance of that system.

Just before an airplane breaks the sound barrier, sound waves become visible on the wings of the plane. The sudden visibility of sound just as sound ends is an apt instance of that great pattern of being that reveals new and opposite forms just as the earlier forms reach their peak performance. Mechanization was never so vividly fragmented or sequential as in the birth of the movies, the moment that translated us beyond mechanism into the world of growth and organic interrelation. The movie, by sheer speeding up the mechanical, carried us from the world of sequence and connections into the world of creative configuration and structure.

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