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The Mediated World: A New Approach to Mass Communication and Culture

David T. Z. Mindich

A full-color interdisciplinary exploration of how media and mass communication shape society and how students can take control of their media futures.

Today's students have a world of knowledge at their fingertips and no longer need books to list names and dates. What they need is the story of how everything fits together and the critical tools to take charge of their place within that story.

David T. Z. Mindich's The Mediated World charts the story of media as it has shaped human life and as it infuses every aspect of our modern existence. Mindich's engaging narrative style focuses on concepts and real-world contexts to promote the media literacy students need to understand their personal relationships with media. Empowered as media consumers, creators, and curators, students realize their responsibility to work within the vast world of media to create more positive and productive futures.

The second edition of this text brings historical media and overarching themes to life for students. Each chapter opens with a contemporary vignette that meets students in the current moment before encouraging them to consider the past. "Application" sidebars suggest practical activities that allow students to delve deeper into topics while "Reflection" boxes encourage students to think critically about their own media use.

With a strong emphasis on media literacy that treats students as media stakeholders who have a vested interest in understanding its workings and effects, Mindich's text is the perfect book for a generation of students looking to take charge of their futures in this mediated world.

New to the Second Edition:

  • New chapter-opening vignettes connect with students in the current moment before welcoming them to consider the past.
  • New Chapter 8, "Representation and the Lives that Matter in the Media," encourages students to think critically about which people get to be heard and which are overlooked.
  • New Chapter 13, "Hot and Cold Video Games," critically explores a powerful media force in students' recreational lives.
  • Expanded discussions on current cultural, political, and technological references, engaging with controversies.


  • Full color layout with photos and graphics to enrich students' reading experience.
  • Integrated focus on representation in media reminds students of the pervasive impact of bias across society.
  • Margin keyword definitions help students develop critical vocabularies.
  • Three different feature boxes (Reflection, Application, and Now and Then) reinforce concepts and engage students' critical thinking skills.
  • Chapter learning objectives, chapter summaries, and discussion questions reinforce historical frameworks and key concepts.

Access ancillary materials at https: //

    • For instructors: a test bank, lecture notes and slides, and a sample syllabus.
    • For the students: chapter flashcards, a digital glossary, and videos and links.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Publish Date: Jan 22nd, 2024
  • Pages: 426
  • Language: English
  • Edition: - 0002
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781538180259
  • Categories: Social HistoryCommunication StudiesMedia Studies

About the Author

David T. Z. Mindich is professor of journalism at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where he served six years as chair. He is the author of three books and numerous articles, including ones in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Before becoming a professor, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University.