Mediaspeak : three American voices /
Roy F. Fox.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001.
xv, 225 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0275961931 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001.
0275961931 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Roy F. Fox teaches courses in language, literacy, and culture at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he also directs the Missouri Writing Project.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-06-01:
Like many others, Fox (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia) is disturbed by the pernicious influence that mass communication has on society; unfortunately, he fails to offer any real analysis of what is wrong or what can be done about it. Rather, his presentation tends to be superficial, resting on conventional wisdom and a pastiche of too-often overly cute examples characterized by topic subheads such as "The Truth Out There (and So Is Pastrami on Rye)." Tools for communication analysis and criticism appear as a list of 30 admonitions presented in just 27 pages. The simple solutions advocated are largely unrealistic. Except for an off-hand reference to Aristotle, Fox ignores or is unaware of the depth of significant critical and analytic work on mass communication by scholars in rhetorical theory and criticism, work appearing in such journals as Critical Studies in Media Communication and Quarterly Journal of Speech. There is some annotation, a bibliography of more than 200 items, a name and topic index, and four poorly reproduced photographs. Not for academic collections. P. E. Kane emeritus, SUNY College at Brockport
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Long Description
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.
Unpaid Annotation
Analyzes the content, structure, and values of three types of prevalent public discourse (Doublespeak, Salespeak, and Sensationspeak) and suggests ideas for better understanding these media messages.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Whitman's Ghost: MediaSpeak and American Voicesp. 1
Making Sense of MediaSpeakp. 17
Doublespeakp. 45
Salespeakp. 87
Sensationspeakp. 145
Voices Entwinedp. 191
Media, Technology, and Culture Entwinedp. 199
Works Citedp. 211
Indexp. 221
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