This study focuses on thirteen Hollywood films that, from the 1970s to the 1990s, assumed to represent the working practices of U.S. corporate broadcast media. The book argues that since such corporations position themselves as individuals before the law, so their film and news texts are carefully authored rhetorical manoeuvres. The structured genre analysis is also enriched by contextual histories which consider relevant legal, institutional and political interventions in the early development of the U.S. public media. This interdisciplinary approach is relevant in a study of film texts which themselves address vital contemporary concerns in media ownership, gender representation, mergers, free speech, new technologies, and the powers of market journalism itself. This book is designed, therefore, to serve the related interests of media educationalists, specialists in film, and students of U.S. media law and broadcast news histories.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 418 pp., 24 fig., 8 tables
The Author: Alan Taylor (Hampstead, London) is an hons. graduate of Keele University with postgraduate attainments in Media
Education, Pedagogy, Cinema Studies and Filmmaking from London, Oxford, Mainz, and The London Film School respectively.
Since graduating from Oxford, the author has held managerial and lecturing posts in the U.K., Germany and Bulgaria, covering
Cinema Studies, Screenwriting and Media Production. Of late, research articles supported the launch of The Alliance for a
Media Literate Europe, and, for 2005 he was a City Producer for Cinemasports, an active network linking both amateur and professional
digital filmmakers in Sofia, San Francisco, London, Paris, New York, Santa Cruz, Frankfurt, Oxford and Hollywood. Previous
research has focused on Hitchcock, Jacobean Drama, and The Western.