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Satellite Chronicles: May to November 2004

Compiled by the editors May 2004 Abu Dhabi TV announces "a modest but varied" programming season to parallel that of other satellite channels. News programming is tapped to take a back seat compared to variety shows. The absence of "arts" programming is explained by the station by reference to its …

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New Generation Camcorders

Camcorders have undergone major changes in the last year or two, perhaps more than at any time since their introduction in the late 1970s. These changes affect higher end professional models and even the affordable three-CCD (charged coupled device), with DV models costing only a few thousand US dollars. The …

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Global News Perspectives on the Information Age

Silvia, Tony, ed. Global News Perspectives on the Information Age. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press. 2001. ISBN 0-8138-0256-3. 199 pages. Reviewed by James Piecowye, College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This second edition of Global News edited by Tony Silvia and subtitled 'Perspectives on the Information …

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Technoculture: From Alphabet to Cybersex

Green, Lelia. Technoculture: From Alphabet to Cybersex. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin. 2002. ISBN 1 86508 048 9 [paperback]. 254 pages. Reviewed by Thomas E.R. Maguire, Department of Radio, Television and Film, University of Texas at Austin, USA. Lelia Green provides a comprehensive and refreshingly non-messianic theory of culture and …

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Global Communication: Theories, Stakeholders, and Trends

McPhail, Thomas L. Global Communication: Theories, Stakeholders, and Trends. Paperback. Allyn and Bacon: Boston. 2002. Paperback. 272 pages. ISBN 0-205-5635-5. US$49. Reviewed by Ralph D. Berenger, the American University in Cairo. Just as media delivery systems are converging from separate mass media subtypes, so are the once-distinct, unhomogenized fields of the …

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Voyeur Nation: media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture

Clay Calvert. Voyeur Nation: media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 2000. 274 pages. ISBN 0-8133-6627-5. US$25. Reviewed by Dr. Ralph D. Berenger, the American University in Cairo. As transnational broadcasters rush toward privatization, calling for more democratization and transparency by more laissez-faire governments, Clay Calvert's Voyeur Nation should be thoughtfully …

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Communication and Race: A Structural Approach (1998)

Gandy, Oscar H. Jr. Communication and Race: A Structural Approach. London: Arnold, 1998. Reviewed by Brian Shoesmith, School of Communications and Multimedia, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. This book is an attempt to achieve a comprehensive survey of the current state of race and the media. The book comprises six …

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