The Mediated World

A New Approach to Mass Communication and Culture

by David T. Z. Mindich

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Today’s students have a world of knowledge at their fingertips, and no longer need textbooks filled with names and dates crammed into a single volume. The Mediated World takes as its starting point the understanding that readers want a compelling story, a good read, an intelligent analysis, and a new way of looking at the media revolutions around us. It is designed as a life line to help students understand and interpret the sea of media washing over us all.

In this text, David Mindich writes for students who want to understand how we communicate to one another, how we process our world, and how the media shapes us. His engaging and narrative style focuses on concepts and real-world contexts--he avoids a dry recitation of facts--that helps students understand their own personal relationship with media and gives them the tools to push back against the media forces.

One of the primary goals of The Mediated World is to empower readers by giving them a thorough understanding of the media; and by teaching them how to counter the force of the media and at the same time use this force for their own ends. Readers of this book come to recognize that they have the potential to be not only active consumers of media but producers of it on a scale never seen before.

  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781538117613
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  • Title: The Mediated World
  • Author: David T. Z. Mindich
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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  • 9781538117590
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In The Press

The Mediated World is the textbook of media studies we did not even know we needed, with its timeless, deep, conceptual exploration combined with fun content about everything from movies to journalism to public relations to advertising. Media historian David T. Z. Mindich has managed a masterful, critical accounting of how media have changed the very ways in which we think, communicate, and make meaning in our lives.”

—Sue Robinson, Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“David Mindich’s The Mediated World covers issues and topics—from personal to social, from practical to theoretical, from trivial to profound, from scary to comforting—that provide a comprehensive overview of the media and how they influence both our personal lives and the condition of the world. This overview avoids traditional categories to integrate historical, theoretical, and ethical analyses into each topical discussion while encouraging readers to consider their personal reactions. Like Mindich’s earlier work, this creative book should be fun and useful, not only to communication students but also to experienced scholars.”

—William E. Huntzicker, independent scholar and author of The Popular Press, 1833–1865

“David Mindich brilliantly connects past and present, theoretical and practical, to help readers navigate a vast and ever-changing media environment and better understand how it impacts their lives. The Mediated World is a lively and powerful introduction to media literacy.”

—Janice Hume, Carter Chair in Journalism Excellence, University of Georgia

“In The Mediated World, David Mindich’s approach brims with historical insight, cross-cultural awareness, theoretical sophistication, and contemporary relevance. This is a great undergraduate text for both media history and mass communications survey courses.”

—Kim Pearson, associate professor, The College of New Jersey

“The writing is clear and engaging. The author does a good job of weaving facts into well-told stories.”

—Barry Smith, Mississippi University for Women

About The Author

David T. Z. Mindich (Ph.D. New York University) is the chair of the journalism department at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. Before becoming a professor, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN; he has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilson Quarterly, Columbia Journalism Review and other publications. Mindich founded Jhistory, an Internet group for journalism historians. In 1998-1999, he was head of the History Division of the AEJMC, and in 2002, the association awarded him the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Teaching and Public Service.