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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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Interactive Television: TV of the Future or the Future of TV

Jens F. Jensen and Cathy Toscan, eds. (1999). "Interactive Television: TV of the Future or the Future of TV." Aalborg : Aalborg University Press. 278 pages. ISBN 87-7307-625-2 [hardcover]. Reviewed by Dr. Brendan Murphy, School of Contemporary Communications, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia. The discipline of media studies has evolved …

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Communication Education in ASEAN

Ang Peng Hwa and Sankaran Ramanathan (2000). "Communication Education in ASEAN." Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre. 366 pages. ISBN 9971-905-79-05 [paperback]. Reviewed by Dr. Ali Parandeh, Information Technology Consultant, Malaga, Spain. Why do we educate, how do we educate, and what is the desired end product of such …

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