You are here

The Business of Media

The Business of Media
Corporate Media and the Public Interest

Second Edition

Other Titles in:
Mass Communication | Sociology

August 2005 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Business of Media provides the critical analysis of the rapidly changing media industry that students need in order to get behind the headlines and understand our increasingly media-saturated society. This Second Edition includes updated data and examples, while incorporating some of the most recent media developments into the analysis. The book:

- uses two conceptual models to understand the media: the market model and public sphere model;

- focuses on developments in the last decade, such as the rise of media conglomerates, and discusses new strategies;

- offers clear, concise, jargon-free writing accessible to students without an economics background.

This book will provide an invaluable guide to the changing media landscape.

Introduction: The New Media Industry and an Old Dilemma
Part I. Profits and the Public Interest: Theoretical and Historical Context
1. Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere
The Market Model

The Public Sphere Model

Why Media Are Different From Other Industries

The Tradition of Civic Responsibility

The Public Interest

Conflicting Logics

2. The Rise and (De)Regulation of the Media Industry
The Changing Business of Media and Regulation: The Case of ABC and Disney

The Growth of Media

The Evolution of Media

Media Policy and the Public Interest

Part II. Industry Structure and Corporate Strategy: Explaining the Rise of Media Conglomerates
3. The New Media Giants: Changing Industry Structure
Making Sense of Mergers

Structural Trends in the Media Industry

Interpreting Structural Changes

4. Strategies of the New Media Giants
The Case of Titanic

Strategies of the New Media Giants

Beyond Market Strategies: The Spector of Monopolies


Part III. Neglecting the Public Interest: Media Conglomerates and the Public Sphere
5. How Business Strategy Shapes Media Content
Considering the Public Interest

Homogenization and Imitation

Trivialization and Sensationalism

Media Constraint I: Commercial Interests

Media Constraint II: Censorship and Conflicts of Interest


6. How the Media Business Influences Society
Social Influences

Political Influence

The Special Role of News Media


7. Choosing the Future: Citizens, Policy, and the Public Interest
Regulatory Policy and the Public Interest

Media and Public Policy

Public Policy and Public Broadcasting

Journalism as a Profession

Citizen Activism and Alternative Media

The Limits of Media, The Importance of Media

Appendix: Select Online Resources for Studying the Media Industry, Media Policy, and Media Education


Kathleen Kuehn
College Of Communications, Pennsylvania State University
April 5, 2011

Good for undergraduate students - enough background for context, enough ideas for discussion, but does not get bogged down in complexity.

Mr Sheila Peuchaud
Cmmctn Program, University of North Dakota
September 16, 2010

David R. Croteau

David Croteau taught about the sociology of media as an Associate Professor (retired) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of Politics and the Class Divide: Working People and the Middle-Class Left and co-author, with William Hoynes, of Experience Sociology. More About Author

William D. Hoynes

William Hoynes is Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Media Studies Program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he teaches courses on media, culture, and social theory. He is the author of Public Television for Sale: Media, the Market, and the Public Sphere and co-author, with David Croteau, of Experience Sociology. More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781412913157