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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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Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East (2002)

El-Nawawy, Mohammed and Adel Iskandar. Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East. Cambridge, MA: Westview Press, 2002. Reviewed by Douglas A. Boyd, Professor, Department of Communication, and School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Director, Office of International Affairs, University of Kentucky I must start with a disclaimer: …

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Defining Vision: The Battle for the Future of Television

Brinkley, Joel (1998). "Defining Vision: The Battle for the Future of Television." New York: Harcourt Brace & Company. 447 Pages. ISBN: 0-15-600597-2. US$27 [hard cover], US$12.00 [paperback]. Reviewed by Dr. Ralph D. Berenger, the American University in Cairo In the early 1980s US broadcasters faced two major headaches spawned by …

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