When societies worry about media effects, why do they focus so much on young people? Is advertising to blame for binge drinking? Do films and video games inspire school shootings? Tackling these kinds of questions, Youth and Media explains why young people are central to understanding critical issues in media studies and media education.
Andy Ruddock offers a fascinating account of how media define the identities and social imaginations of young people. He explores how the notion of media influence 'works' when daily life compels young people to act out their relationships through media content and technologies. Ultimately, Youth and Media explains why the experiences of young media users are central to new agendas in the fields of critical media studies and media education.
Complete with helpful chapter guides, contemporary case studies drawn from a truly global context and useful chapter summaries, Youth and Media is an engaging and accessible introduction to the hugely topical subject of media influence. It is ideal for students on youth media and youth culture modules across media studies, cultural studies and sociology.
COURSE USE: Undergraduate students of youth media and youth culture across media, cultural studies and sociology departments.
Why Youth Media? Understanding media content: Social and Cultural Approaches to Media Effects Understanding the influence of media technologies: Youth, Dissent, Social Media and Social History Understanding global media industries: China, Reality Television and Media Governance Understanding media users: Gender, Girls and Mobile Phones Understanding media violence: School shootings, and the framing of social reality Understanding Advertising and marketing: Students and Alcohol Understanding political communication: Barack Obama and mediated intimacy Understanding celebrity: Bam Margera and the role of sport in media convergence Understanding Critical Media Studies: Child soldiers, media business and media education Epilogue Understanding Advertising and Youth Drinking Why Advertisers Count on Active Audiences Understanding Political Communication Barack Obama, Media Convergence and Mediated Intimacy Understanding Celebrity Bam Margera and the Role of Sport in Media Convergence Understanding Critical Media Studies Child Soldiers, Media Business and Media Education
The relationship between youth and the media is one of the most frequented areas in media and cultural studies, but rarely has it been so judiciously, thoroughly, and productively examined as it is in Andy Ruddock's excellent and most useful book.
Professor Graeme TurnerThe University of Queensland
My academic interests broadly centre on media audiences; although today, it isn’t possible to think about audiences without also considering media technologies, industries and content. Nonetheless, ‘audience’ remains an engaging concept that combines my training in history, mass communications and cultural studies. I have taught and researched at universities in the US, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Korea and China. I write about the politics of popular culture, with an emphasis on how people practice social power by using media. I have published on topics such as online football fans, political celebrity, reality television, youth, binge drinking and the meaning and impact of media violence. I’m still actively researching all of these areas. I’m interested in the convergence of qualitative and quantitative media analysis techniques. On this theme, I have argued that there are many theoretical and methodological parallels between cultivation analysis and cultural studies (particularly in studies of media rituals). I am involved in several writing projects with international partners that investigate the compatibility of these fields. I welcome postgraduate inquiries on any projects with an audience aspect.
Affiliations: -Monash University, Australia Andy Ruddock has a Web Site at: arts.monash.edu.au/ecps/people/andy-ruddock/