A Dictionary of Media and Communication

Daniel Chandler; Rod Munday
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The Dictionary of Media and Communication is an authoritative and wide-ranging A-Z providing over 2,200 entries on terms used in media and communication, from concepts and theories to technical terms, across subject areas that include advertising, digital culture, journalism, new media, radio studies, and telecommunications. It also covers relevant terminology from related disciplines such as literary theory, semiotics, cultural studies, and philosophy. The entries are extensively cross-referenced, allowing the reader to link related concepts that span different discourses with ease. It is an indispensable guide for undergraduate students on degree courses in media or communication studies, and also for those taking related subjects such as film studies, visual culture, and cultural studies. With highly relevant web links to key essays, images, examples, and websites which complement the A-Z entries, all updated and accessed via a companion webpage, as well as a biographical appendix with web links to key people, this is a valuable resource for media professionals, postgraduates, academics, and researchers and an eminently practical and user-friendly reference for anyone involved in the worlds of media and communication.


Daniel Chandler teaches media and communication studies in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, where he established a degree in the subject in 2001, having run a major website on the same topic since 1995. He is the author of Semiotics: The Basics (Routledge, 2nd edition 2007) and a consultant in marketing semiotics with a particular interest in the visual semiotics of gender.; Rod Munday has worked in television post-production since the 1980s, including jobs at advertising agencies and Greenpeace. In 2002 he became interested in studying the media and is currently working on a PhD examining communication practices in virtual worlds. He teaches on media production courses as well as lecturing on new media topics at Aberystwyth University.