Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr allow users to connect with one another and share information with the click of a mouse or a tap on a touchscreen-and have become vital tools for professionals in the news and strategic communication fields. But as rapidly as these services have grown in popularity, their legal ramifications aren't widely understood. To what extent do communicators put themselves at risk for defamation and privacy lawsuits when they use these tools, and what rights do communicators have when other users talk about them on social networks? How can an entity maintain control of intellectual property issues-such as posting copyrighted videos and photographs-consistent with the developing law in this area? How and when can journalists and publicists use these tools to do their jobs without endangering their employers or clients?
In Social Media and the Law, eleven media law scholars address these questions and more, including current issues like copyright, online impersonation, anonymity, cyberbullying, sexting, and WikiLeaks. Students and professional communicators alike need to be aware of laws relating to defamation, privacy, intellectual property, and government regulation-and this guidebook is here to help them navigate the tricky legal terrain of social media.
Media Criticism in a Digital Age is addressed to three groups of readers: * people preparing for careers as media professionals or those already in the profession who want to enhance their decision-making skills * serious students of the discipline of criticism who seek to expand their analytical focus to include the pervasive electronic media arts * individual consumers desiring to broaden their understanding of media content in order to make more satisfying personal program choices. Media Criticism in a Digital Age introduces readers to a variety of critical approaches in analyzing audio and video discourse on radio, television and the Internet. It applies key aesthetic, sociological, philosophical, psychological, structural and economic principles to arrive at a comprehensive evaluation of both programming and advertising content. The book includes almost four dozen critiques to illustrate the variety of ways in which critical expression can be structured and articulated; providing readers with feasible and flexible examples of focused media content analysis. Scripts from three landmark program series are also provided as practice vehicles for critical dissection. Drawing upon the insights of both academic and industry experts, this volume establishes a balanced and enhanced understanding of the role and essential ingredients of criticism itself. These insights range from the perceptions of Plato and Aristotle to industry research that is motivating twenty-first century media decision-making. Maintaining the approach of the author's previous volumes, this edition includes: * updated chapters to reflect the current media world, including information on broadband and social media content * almost thirty new critiques penned by a variety of widely respected authors, illustrating the breadth and richness of media criticism today * a supplementary website for adopting professors that provides suggested exercises to accompany each chapter
The anthology American Media and Social Institutions: A Reader places mass media within the context of the greater cultural, social, historical, and ideological world. Students will learn that mass media is not created in a vacuum, but rather it sits at the intersection of all the social sciences. The book provides a firm foundation for studying mass media through introductory chapters on how media works, semiotics, ideology, and media literacy. Subsequent chapters examine news and the culture of journalism, magazines, sound, recording and popular music, and radio broadcasting from its inception. Students will also read about the moving image, electronic visual culture, the role of the Internet, advertising and public relations, legal controls, media research, and the global media marketplace. Serving as a primer for the study of a media-drenched world, American Media and Social Institutions is designed for use in introductory mass media classes. It can also serve as a supplement for courses in sociology and psychology. Robert Pondillo earned his Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, Dr. Pondillo teaches mass media history and screenwriting at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to his career in academia, he spent more than 30 years working in the media industry, garnering four Emmy awards for broadcast writing and producing, as well as awards for film-making and directing. In 2002 he was inducted into The Radio/Television Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. He is the author of America's First Network TV Censor: The Work of NBC's Stockton Helffrich, and numerous journal articles on early network television censorship.
Countries that now contemplate constitutional reform often grapple with the question of whether to constitutionalise social rights. This book presents an argument for why, under the right conditions, doing so can be a good way to advance social justice. In making such a case, the author considers the nature of the social minimum, the role of courts among other institutions, the empirical record of judicial impact, and the role of constitutional text. He argues, however, that when enforcing such rights, judges ought to adopt a theory of judicial restraint structured around four principles: democratic legitimacy, polycentricity, expertise and flexibility. These four principles, when taken collectively, commend an incrementalist approach to adjudication. The book combines theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and comparative analysis, and is written to be accessible to lawyers, social scientists, political theorists and human rights advocates.
If Girdwood's first book, N. Awakening, was meant to demonstrate authoritarian aspects of early 21st century America; specifically, the average's American's authoritarian political reality, then this book shows the battles against authoritarianism in order to understand a normative reality. This short book provides a symbolic pathway towards more democracy, and / or republicanism. This book will be quite provocative for some, and hilarious for others. Mediating Ideas in a Revolution is a response to Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." However, instead of commands from a cave-dweller living at the heights--always at the precipice; Mediating ideas is more conversational between four characters representing four trains of thought--from an enlightened society unknown to mankind.
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