Theorising Media: Power, Form and Subjectivity

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In this book, John Corner explores how issues of power, form, and subjectivity feature at the core of all serious thinking about the media, including appreciations of their creativity as well as anxiety about the risks they pose. Drawing widely on an interdisciplinary literature, he connects his exposition to examples from film, television, radio, photography, painting, web practice, music, and writing in order to bring in topics as diverse as the reporting of the war in Afghanistan, the televising of football, documentary portrayals of 9/11, reality television, the diversity of taste in the arts, and the construction of civic identity. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part, three big chapters on each of the key notions provide an interconnected discussion of the media activities opened up for exploration and the debates they have provoked. The second part presents examples, arguments, and analysis drawing on Corner’s previous work around the core themes, with notes placing them in the context of the whole volume. Theorising Media brings together concepts both from Social Studies and the Arts and Humanities, addressing a readership wider than the sub-specialisms of media research. It refreshes ideas about why the media matter and how understanding them better remains a key aim of cultural inquiry and a continuing requirement for public policy.

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John Corner is a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds and an Emeritus Professor of Liverpool University.

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Over the past thirty years or so, John Corner has had a persistent regard for the value of conceptual terms in media research.Theorising Media is consistent with this abiding concern and.in many ways this new book marks its culmination ... Corner has provided us with an important intervention in media studies. It is measured in tone, precise in observation, and characterised overall by enthusiasm for what it deals with, engagement with what it considers, and even-handedness in how weighs and assesses the key concepts and critical work around which it is built. Michael Pickering , Media Culture and Society A systematic attempt to think through what the practice of 'theorising media' is or could be. The book has an admirably clear and tidy structure. The more advanced reader can appreciate the penetrating nature of Corner's understanding of the debates that have centred around these key words . while the advanced undergraduate would be able to understand what was going on with them, such is the clarity, concision and unpretentiousness of Corner's prose. The conjunction of deep scholarship lightly worn, together with a straightforward writing style that can reach out to non-specialists while more advanced readers are kept engaged, is a very welcome thing indeed. David Inglis, European Journal of Communication -- .

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