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Critical Studies in Media Communication

Critical Studies in Media Communication, 19(4). (2002). ISSN 0739-3180. Published quarterly by the National Communication Association; 1765 N Street, NW; Washington, DC 20036; USA, as “a forum for cross-disciplinary scholarship treating issues related to mediated communication.”

Several articles in this issue may interest readers of Trends:

  • Picking up on globalization concerns, Timothy Havens draws “on interviews with more than thirty international television executives from around the world . . . [to] provide a case study of how distribution and acquisition practices in international television trade extract profit from television culture. . . . Specifically, the artilce explores how economic and cultural forces intersect to shape the global flow of African American situation comedies.” “‘It’s still a white world out there’: The interplay of culture and economics in international television trade” (pp. 377-397).
  • Karin Wilkins and John Downing return to the theme of media an terrorism (Trends, Vol. 21, #1) in “Mediating terrorism: Text and protest in interpretations of The Siege” (pp. 419-437). “In this study we focus on the film The Siege (1998), as an illustration of how mediated representations of terrorism serve as a vehicle for Orientalist discourse. This text serves as a specific location of struggle and negotiation over interpretations of media characterizations of Arabs, Arab Americans, Muslims, and Islam.”
  • Fern L. Johnson and Karren Young, “Gendered voices in children’s advertising” (pp. 461-480) find that “ads for boy-oriented toys outnumbered those oriented to girls” (in a sample from 1996, 1997, and 1999). “In boy-oriented ads, the voice-overs were exclusively male, and in the girl-oriented ads, they were mainly female.”
  • Espen Ytreberg, “Erving Goffman as a theorist of the mass media” (pp. 481-497), reviews Goffman’s theoretical work on the mass media. “I emphasize the way that Goffman situates mass communication in relation to the interpersonal realm as a model version of the later, as mass communication is crafted, concentrated, and planned to a degree that interpersonal communication is not.”