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Editorial board: Kim Akass, Stephen Lacey, David Lavery, Janet McCabe, Robin Nelson and Rhonda V. Wilcox.



New Media Studies books from Pluto Press.

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Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media
David Edwards and David Cromwell. Foreword by John Pilger
Pb: 0745324827 - £14.99 / $24.95 / €22.50
Hb: 0745324835 - £45.00 / $80.00 / €67.50

A detailed analysis of the systematic establishment bias of the corporate mass media. The text applies Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman’s propaganda model to the present day media in an impressively empirical and engaged way. It examines six important issues in turn: Iraq, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, climate change, East Timor and Indonesia, and Kosovo. The text is based on detailed research and interviews with influential journalists including Andrew Marr, Alan Rusbridger, Nicholas Witchell and Jon Snow.

‘Guardians of Power ought to be required reading in every media college. It is the most important book about journalism I can remember.’
John Pilger


Language Wars: The Role of Media and Culture in Global Terror and Political Violence
Jeff Lewis
Pb: 0745324843 - £18.00 / $27.95 / €27.00
Hb: 0745324851 - £60.00 / €85.00 / €90.00

Language Wars is a fascinating account of the relationship between the media, culture and new forms of global, political violence. Using an innovative approach, Jeff Lewis shows how language and the media are implicated in global terrorism and the US-led reprisals in the war on terror. Ideal for students of media studies and cultural studies, this is a subtle account of the relation between language and culture that exposes a dangerous new east-west divide in popular discourse.

‘A finely textured analysis. ... There is no doubt about the wonderful originality of the contribution. … The writing is sophisticated, theoretically informed and careful in its narrative style.’
Professor Paul James, RMIT University


Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam and the War of Ideas
Lawrence Pintak
Pb: 0745324193 - £15.99 / $26.95 / €24.00
Hb: 0745324185 - £50.00 / €85.00 / €75.00

Lawrence Pintak, a well-respected veteran journalist and author of Seeds of Hate (Pluto Press, 2003) explores the rift between Americans and Muslims caused by widespread media misrepresentation. Uniquely, he directly compares the Western and Arab media’s coverage of the same events to show that each reports them in very different ways. This book is ideal for students of Media Studies and Middle East Studies, as well as current affairs.

‘Pintak cuts through the naiveté that infects the conventional wisdom about the relationship between the West and Islam. This fine book should stimulate some much-needed thinking.’ Philip Seib, Lucius W. Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University


The Suppression of Guilt: The Israeli Media and the Reoccupation of the West Bank
Daniel Dor
Pb: 0745322948 - £12.99 / $19.95 / €19.50
Hb: 0745322956 - £45.00 / $80.00 / €67.50

Never, until operation Defensive Shield, had there been such a wide breach between the Israeli collective consciousness and international public opinion. Israeli scholar Daniel Dor measures this gap and concludes that Israeli society has withdrawn into an unprecedented sense of isolation and victimization – largely because of the role played by the Israeli media.

Basing his arguments on detailed analyses of media reports, Dor explores how the Israeli media work within the context of the global media and world opinion, rather than within the classic context of the nation-state -- and what it means for the future of the country.

‘Daniel Dor analyses how Israeli press and television cover the conflict with the Palestinians. He argues that investigative reporting and dissent are routinely marginalised. Although the media are certainly not uniform, he finds that the stories they tell reflect their emotional identification with their readers and viewers.’
Philip Schlesinger, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of Stirling



for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism
Edited by Sam Gregory, Gillian Caldwell, Ronit Avni and Thomas Harding with WITNESS
Pb: 0745324126 - £14.99 / $24.95 / €22.50
Hb: 0745324134 - £45.00 / $80.00 / €67.50

A how-to guide on using video to change the world -- written by the world's leading video activists


The Great Reporters
David Randall
Pb: 0745322964 - £14.99 / $21.95 / €22.50
Hb: 0745322972 - £45.00 / $80.00 / €67.50

The Great Reporters – 13 in-depth profiles of the best journalists who ever lived – put together by David Randall, Assistant Editor of the Independent on Sunday. Among chapters are those on the reporter who:

‘David Randall … understands journalism from the inside but has also managed to maintain a principled detachment, brilliantly evidenced in his Universal Journalist, on every reading list where journalism is taught. The Great Reporters is both a work of respect and of analysis.’
Peter Cole, Professor of Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Also available: The Al Jazeera Phenomenon - Provides rare insights into Al Jazeera's politics, its agenda, its programmes, its coverage of regional crises, and its treatment of the West.



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