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Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication, 4th Edition

  • Leslie Regan Shade
  • ISBN-10: 0176508643
  • ISBN-13: 9780176508647
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Now in its fourth edition, Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication provides students with a comprehensive introduction to mass communication in Canada. This edition has been completely refreshed with new material by top scholars working on the most current issues in communications research. The text takes an issues-oriented approach and follows the general outline of the introductory course: history and theory; audiences and the cultural marketplace; media ownership; and new media. Each section begins with an introduction by editor Leslie Regan Shade in order to contextualize the exciting and engaging content for students.


  • More than 50 percent of the essays included within the text are completely new.

About the Author

Leslie Regan Shade

Leslie Regan Shade is an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Information. Previously she taught at Concordia University in the Department of Communication Studies (2003–2012) and at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Communication (1997–2003). Her research focus since the mid-1990s has been on the social, policy, and ethical aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with particular concerns toward issues of gender, youth, and political economy. Research contributions straddle the line between academic and nonacademic audiences, including policymakers and nonprofit groups. She is the author of Gender and Community in the Social Construction of the Internet (Peter Lang, 2002), and co-editor of Feminist Interventions in International Communication (with Katharine Sarikakis, Rowman, & Littlefield, 2008), three volumes in Communications in the Public Interest (edited with Marita Moll, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2001, 2004, and 2008) and also for CCPA, For Sale to the Highest Bidder: Telecom Policy in Canada (with Moll, 2008) and The Internet Tree: The State of Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0 (with Moll, 2011). A recent co-edited collection is Connecting Canadians: Investigations in Community Informatics (with Clement, Gurstein, Longford, and Moll, Athabasca University Press, 2012). Shade’s articles have also appeared in Continuum, The Gazette, Canadian Journal of Communication, Government Information Quarterly, and Feminist Media Studies. She is a former president of the Canadian Communication Association.

Table of Contents

Part One: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Canadian Communication Studies
Chapter 1: Considering Critical Communication Studies in Canada
Chapter 2: Doing Media Studies
Chapter 3: Postcolonialism and Communication Studies
Chapter 4: Beyond the F-Word: A Constellation of Feminist Concepts for Media Researchers

Part Two: Media Regulation and Policies in Canada
Chapter 5: Power and Politics at the CRTC: The Recent Past and Uncertain Future of Canada’s Communications Regulator
Chapter 6: Canadian Cultural Policy in the Age of Media Abundance: Old Challenges, New Technologies
Chapter 7: Audiences Are Key
Chapter 8: Advertising in Canada

Part Three: Media Institutions
Chapter 9: Media Ownership, Public Participation, and Democracy in the Canadian Mediascape
Chapter 10: Making a Mockery of Canadian Cinema: Interpreting the Rise of Mockumentary
Chapter 11: Flack Attack: The “Problem” of Public Relations
Chapter 12: The Canadian Video Game Industry

Part Four: Social Media
Chapter 13: Social Media, Commodification, and Surveillance
Chapter 14: Reconceptualizing Mobilities and Remediating the Mob
Chapter 15: Privacy in a Networked Environment
Chapter 16: The System of Copyright

Part Five: Media Diversity
Chapter 17: Media on the Margins? Alternative Media in Canada
Chapter 18: Canadian First Peoples’ Mediascapes: Reframing a Snapshot with Three Corners
Chapter 19: The Colour of Difference: Race, Diversity, and Journalism in Canada
Chapter 20: From the Top Drawer to the Bottom Line: The Commodification of Children’s Culture

New to this edition

  • All other readings have been significantly updated to reflect the most current situations in Canadian communications.