The Development of Media Genres from the Early Modern to Modern Worlds

Men working at a printing press, proofing copy, inking, and setting type. Wood engraving after a woodcut by Stradanus, c.1580. / Wellcome Library via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jürgen Wilke / 12.03.2010 Professor of Journalism and Communications Johannes Gutenberg University Introduction Media defined as technology for the mass distribution of messages to large audiences are a recent phenomenon[…]

American Culture and Media

Image Creative Commons By Dr. Jack Lule Joseph B. McFadden Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Communication Lehigh University Introduction Figure 1.1, Getty Images In 1850, an epidemic swept America—but instead of leaving victims sick with fever or flu, this epidemic involved a rabid craze for the music of Swedish soprano Jenny Lind. American showman P. T.[…]

Media and Culture

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.03.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Pop Culture Mania Figure 1.1: Just as fans could purchase Jerry Lind hats, Beatles fans could purchase Beatle wigs. / Paul Townsend – 1960s Beatlemania Fashion In 1850, an epidemic swept America—but instead of leaving victims sick with fever or flu, this epidemic involved a rabid craze[…]

The Diachronic Ethnography of Media: From Social Changing to Actual Social Changes

By Dr. John Postill / 06.21.2017 Senior Lecturer in Communication RMIT University, Melbourne Abstract In this article I address the challenge of how to study media and actual social changes ethnographically. To do so I draw from the relevant media ethnography literature, including my own research in Malaysia and Spain. I argue that ethnographers are[…]

Press Attacks during the Administration of George Washington

At the time of his inauguration, George Washington was described in almost universally glorified terms by the national presses. However, by the end of the President’s first term, hostile newspaper writers were attacking the administration’s domestic and foreign policy. These attacks escalated in Washington’s second term into personal attacks questioning his integrity, republican principles, and even military[…]

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and the Modern Digital World

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave describes “shadows” on the cave wall which we are taught from birth to perceive as real forms. These shadows are everything from false or hateful political/religious ideologies to scientific racism; just about anything that is bartered as truth and fact. Here are the parallels between his cave and the broadcast[…]