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Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC)
221 Publications
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  • Experiencing Television Fandom: Notes on the Tension Between Singularization and Massification in Brazil1

    This paper examines the way fandom is experienced in Brazil. The analysis is based on fan discourse as it appears in letters sent to actors and actresses who work at Rede Globo de Televisão, the major Brazilian TV network, situated at Rio de Janeiro. The analysis proceeds along two axes: the attempts made by fans to distinguish themselves among the crowd and the frequent use of romantic discourse to express their feelings for their idols. Both issues are understood as ‘singularization strateg...

    Market Manipulation? Applying the Propaganda Model to Financial Media Reporting

    Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model (PM) has emphasized how the various ‘filters’ can lead to news reports misrepresenting the vested political and economic interests that underpin US foreign policy. However, there has been relatively little attention paid to the implications of the PM for media operations in another key dimension of capitalism: financial markets. Traders require timely and accurate information about changing market conditions. However, financial news announcements influenc...

    Encountering the Anthropocene: Geology, Culture, Ethics

    What does the proclamation of the Anthropocene – an epoch in which the human is said to have become a geological agent and who’s had irreversible impact upon our planet (Kolbert, 2014; Klein, 2014) – mean for media and cultural studies? ­Reflecting on the crisis of human and nonhuman life as manifested in ongoing multispecies extinction, this contribution discusses how media and cultural studies can engage with the ‘geological turn’ (Ellsworth and Kruse, 2013). It also considers whether it ma...

    Forum Responsible Freedom: The Arab States’ Charter for Satellite Broadcasting

    Earlier this year, Arab ministers of information, with the exception of Qatar, adopted a charter calling for regulation of satellite television broadcasting after an extensive public debate. Qatar, the home of Al Jazeera, did not reject the charter but has requested additional time to review the document. One of the articles in the charter generated a great deal of debate and controversy from a number of international media watchdog organizations, which expressed concern that the charter’s pe...

    Book Review: Hafez, Kai (editor) Arab Media – Power and Weakness, 2008, New York: Continuum International, ISBN 978-0826428363

    Arab Media – Power and Weakness provides an assessment of the emergent field of Arab media studies. The 13 articles of the volume, most written by veterans in the field, discuss issues related to the effects, audiences, contexts, ethics, economy, law and culture of Arab media. The book’s introduction by editor Kai Hafez ties this plethora of material together in an ambitious attempt to outline current research on the links between Arab politics, society and media, and to point to some of the ...
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