Media and Values

Intimate Transgressions in a Changing Moral and Cultural Landscape

David E. Morrison, Matthew Kieran, Michael Svennevig and Sarah Ventress

David E. Morrison, Matthew Kieran, Michael Svennevig and Sarah Ventress

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

400 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2007
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9781841501833 Published February 2008
Media and Values investigates the moral performance of the media. Based on an exhaustive number of focus groups, surveys, and interviews with senior media staffers in the United Kingdom and Europe, this book charts the changing status of the media as a moral voice. The authors argue that television has lost the authority to espouse a single vision of the proper way to live, and instead reflects the norms of a variety of social groups.  This groundbreaking volume addresses the lack of moral certainty reflected both in television programs and their audiences.
 
“There are great riches here: from the interviews with senior media executives . . . to the discussion of popular television culture's celebration of celebrity.”—John Lloyd, Prospect
 
“This profoundly original and learned book creatively illuminates citizens’ moral reasoning about the media, culture, and government. A tour de force of nuanced interdisciplinary scholarship, Media & Values offers wide-ranging insights into the responsibilities of the communication industry, the justifications and consequences of telecoms regulation—and the nature of the good society itself.”—Robert M. Entman, J. B. and M. C. Shapiro Professor of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University
 
“This is a very important book—a ‘must read.’ The intellectual scope is astonishing: the problem it addresses is quite crucial—namely the moral incoherence of the contemporary world and the way that this shows up in empirical research into individual attitudes/opinions/tastes/judgements. It is clearly a cumulative critical reassessment of the implications of research going back to the sixties. It’s original, powerful, thoughtful and spot-on as a diagnosis of the times and the very real issues we confront today. A major piece of work.”—Paddy Scannell, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
 
 
 
John Lloyd | Prospect

“There are great riches here: from the interviews with senior media executives . . . to the discussion of popular television culture's celebration of celebrity.”

Robert M. Entman, J. B. and M. C. Shapiro Professor of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

“This profoundly original and learned book creatively illuminates citizens’ moral reasoning about the media, culture, and government. A tour de force of nuanced interdisciplinary scholarship, Media & Values offers wide-ranging insights into the responsibilities of the communication industry, the justifications and consequences of telecoms regulation—and the nature of the good society itself.”

Paddy Scannell, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan

“This is a very important book—a ‘must read.’ The intellectual scope is astonishing: the problem it addresses is quite crucial—namely the moral incoherence of the contemporary world and the way that this shows up in empirical research into individual attitudes/opinions/tastes/judgements. It is clearly a cumulative critical reassessment of the implications of research going back to the sixties. It’s original, powerful, thoughtful and spot-on as a diagnosis of the times and the very real issues we confront today. A major piece of work.”

Contents

Acknowledgements

Prologue

Introduction

 

The Philosophical Underpinnings

1        The Need for a Moral Language

 

PART ONE

 

The Historical Context: The Moral Void

2        The Question of Regulation: The Absence of a Moral Language

 

Cultural Contestation

3        Culture in Practice

 

Moral Decline and the Rights of the Individual

4a  What Constitutes Social and Anti-Social Behaviour? View of Authority—Voices from Focus Groups

 

4b  What Constitutes Social and Anti-Social Behaviour? Views of Authority—Voices from Surveys

 

PART TWO

 

The Transgression of Privacy

5    Privacy and the Construction of Self

 

Interviewing the Industry

1        The Problem of Privacy

 

The Public and the Private: The Self-Monitoring of Behaviour

2        Clarifying the Conceptual Problems

 

The Idea of Privacy

8a        What are the Limits of the Private? Voices from Focus Groups

 

8b        What are the Limits of the Private? Voices from Surveys

 

Epilogue

Appendix

Bibliography

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