Dean Starkman: The Watchdog That Didn't Bark

January 7, 2014

In this sweeping, incisive study, Dean Starkman exposes the critical shortcomings that softened coverage during the mortgage era and the years leading up to the financial collapse of 2008. He locates the roots of the problem in business news’s origin as a market messaging service geared toward investors in the early twentieth century. This access-dependent strain of journalism was opposed by the grand, sweeping work of the muckrakers.

State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide

December 2, 2013

Digital media and online social networking applications have changed the way in which dissent is organized with social movement leaders using online applications and digital content systems to organize collective action, activate local protest groups, network with international social movements and share their political perspectives. In the past, authoritarian regimes could control broadcast media in times of political crisis by destroying newsprint supplies, seizing radio and television stations, and blocking phone calls.

Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring

March 29, 2013

Did digital media really “cause” the Arab Spring, or is it an important factor of the story behind what might become democracy’s fourth wave? An unlikely network of citizens used digital media to start a cascade of social protest that ultimately toppled four of the world’s most entrenched dictators.

The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses (Peter Molnar, Michael Herz (Eds.) Cambridge University Press)

April 1, 2012

The contributors to this volume consider whether it is possible to establish carefully tailored hate speech policies that are cognizant of the varying traditions, histories, and values of different countries. Throughout, there is a strong comparative emphasis, with examples (and authors) drawn from around the world. All the authors explore whether or when different cultural and historical settings justify different substantive rules given that such cultural relativism can be used to justify content-based restrictions and so endanger freedom of expression.

Media/Society - Industries, Images, and Audiences (Edited by Croteau, D., W. Hoynes, and S. Milan)

November 30, 2011

CMDS Fellow Stefania Milan co-authored the fourth edition of the widely used textbook Media/Society - Industries, Images, and Audiences (SAGE). The publication, co-authored by David Croteau, William Hoynes and Stefania, provides students with a broader framework for understanding the relationship between media and society.

Lina Dencik: Media and Global Civil Society

November 11, 2011

Much analysis and hope in both academia and political rhetoric currently rests on ideas of deliberation and post-national democratic practices – the roots of a 'global civil society'. This has taken force as not just an analysis of social and political change, but as a normative project. This book, published by Palgrave has grown out of concern with how changes in media are influencing democratic function and politics in our global age.

Media, Nationalism and European Identities

June 1, 2011
In April 2011, CEU Press and the CMCS published the latest of a series of books that resulted from the collaborative research network East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda (2005-2009), coordinated by the CMCS and funded as a European COST initiative by the European Science Foundation.

Leistert, O., and T. Röhle: Generation Facebook. Über das Leben im Social Net

February 1, 2011

Facebook hat das Internet erobert. Lange als Trivialität belächelt, lässt sich die Relevanz der »sozialen Netzwerke« heute nicht mehr bestreiten. Als Umschlagplatz für soziale Beziehungen aller Art erlangt gerade der Marktführer immer größere ökonomische Macht und politische Bedeutung und nistet sich zusehends tiefer in gesellschaftliche Strukturen ein. In diesem Band kommen internationale Autorinnen und Autoren zu Wort, die erstmals eine umfassende medien- und kulturkritische Perspektive auf Facebook entwickeln. In fundierten theoretischen Beiträgen – u.a.

Media Freedom and Pluralism - Media Policy Challenges in the Enlarged Europe

July 1, 2010
The book provides a critical analysis of major media policies in the European Union and Council of Europe in a period of profound changes in media environments and use, and examines the logic of media policy-making and the reconfiguration of traditional regulatory models.

Comparative Media Systems: European and Global Perspectives

March 5, 2010
Introduced by Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini, the book takes stock of twenty years of exciting transformation of east European media systems after the collapse of communism in 1989—an explicit, comparative, academic discussion of media politics.