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Communicating Unreality

Communicating Unreality
Modern Media and the Reconstruction of Reality

Volume: 1
Other Titles in:
Cultural Studies

November 1999 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Reviewing the images and meanings of the mass-mediated world Gabriel Weimann examines the symbolic environment, in which reality and fiction are almost inseperable. Through discussion of mass-mediated images of people, cultures, war, love, sex, death, community and identity, he demonstrates that there is often a large gap between reality and the reconstruction of `realities' as communicated by the mass media.
Living in a Mediated World
The Debate Over Media Effects
Cultivation and Mainstreaming
The Psychology of Cultivation
The Mean and Scary World
Sex and Sexuality
Death and Suicide
The World According to MTV
Portrayal of Groups
Images of America
The Unreal War
Virtual Reality:
Virtual or Real?

Communicating Unreality

"Clearly written and interesting to read, this book makes good use of the history of famous studies and scholars, covers the waterfront of mass communication topics, and is backed up by a large number of references. . . I would use this text in my Sociology of Mass Communication course." 

Everett M. Rodgers
University of New Mexico

Gabriel Weimann

Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel.  His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, modern terrorism and the mass media. He published six books: Communicating Unreality (Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2000); The Influentials: People Who Influence People (State University of New York Press, 1995); The Theater of Terror (New York: Longman, 1994); Hate on Trial (Toronto: Mosaic, 1986); and The Singaporean Enigma (Jerusalem: Tzivonim, 2001) and Terror On the Internet (Washington,... More About Author

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