About the book
The media landscape and the political realm are both sites of change and upheaval. Against a backdrop of globalization and technological revolution, the book examines how the relationship between media and politics is changing, and how power is best understood in contemporary settings. Using a comparative, global approach, it encourages the reader to view problems posed by these changes from different perspectives – those of the politician, the journalist, the activist and the ordinary citizen – and to think about how the relationship between media and politics varies across cultures. Illustrated with contemporary examples throughout, the book weighs up arguments for seeing new developments in terms of change or continuity, as empowering or debilitating, and as promoting or undermining democracy. Suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates studying politics, media and sociology, it is also intended for the general reader who wishes to understand the complex role of the media in political life the world over.
Reviews of the book
W. Lance Bennett,
University of Washington
"Robertson has written a fascinating and comprehensive book that synthesizes a wide range of theories and frameworks on media -- all in an original and highly accessible format that is well organized and full of interesting and lively examples. The globalization perspective is masterfully presented in ways that students will be able to identify in different national contexts, and the discussions of how politics and power flow in and out of media systems is unparalleled in clarity and insight."
George Washington University
"Robertson has authoritatively written a map of the changing media landscape in the contemporary world. She ably examines the limitations of old conceptions of "the media" to understand the profound transformations of the past years. Readers interested in the "mediatization" of society and politics will find this book valuable. A good read, packed with smart insights and encyclopedic knowledge."
"With great intellectual clarity Alexa Robertson addresses the complex dynamics of media, politics and globalization in a fresh and compelling way. Providing both a coherent overview as well as concrete, comparative examples, she writes in an impressively vivid and engaging style. Destined to become a new landmark in the field!"
About the author
Alexa Robertson is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden. Her current research, financed by the Swedish Research Council, compares televisual narratives of dissent across time, space, media culture and genre (see screeningprotest.com for more information). She teaches on the International Masters Programme at the Department of Media Studies and is the author of Mediated Cosmopolitanism: the world of television news (Polity 2010) and Global News: Reporting Conflicts and Cosmopolitanism (Peter Lang 2015).
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