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Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication, 4th Edition

By Leslie Regan Shade
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496 pages
ISBN-10: 0176508643
ISBN-13: 9780176508647
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 4th

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.


  • *NEW* All other readings have been significantly updated to reflect the most current situations in Canadian communications.
  • More than 50 percent of the essays included within the text are completely new.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Canadian Communication Studies
  • Chapter 1: Considering Critical Communication Studies in Canada - Sheryl N. Hamilton, Carleton University
  • Chapter 2: Doing Media Studies - Mark Lipton, University of Guelph
  • Chapter 3: Postcolonialism and Communication Studies - Amin Alhassan, University for Development Studies, Ghana
  • Chapter 4: Beyond the F-Word: A Constellation of Feminist Concepts for Media Researchers - Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University
  • 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 - Jeremy Shtern, University of Ottawa; Sylvia Blake, Simon Fraser University
  • Chapter 6: Canadian Cultural Policy in the Age of Media Abundance: Old Challenges, New Technologies - Ira Wagman, Carleton University; Ezra Winton, Carleton University
  • Chapter 7: Audiences Are Key - Phillip Savage, McMaster University
  • Chapter 8: Advertising in Canada - Russell Johnston, Brock University
  • Part Three: Media Institutions
  • Chapter 9: Media Ownership, Public Participation, and Democracy in the Canadian Mediascape - Leslie Regan Shade, University of Toronto; Michael Lithgow, Carleton University
  • Chapter 10: Making a Mockery of Canadian Cinema: Interpreting the Rise of Mockumentary - Zoe Druick, Simon Fraser University
  • Chapter 11: Flack Attack: The ?Problem? of Public Relations - Josh Greenberg, Carleton University
  • Chapter 12: The Canadian Video Game Industry - Mia Consalvo, Concordia University
  • Part Four: Social Media
  • Chapter 13: Social Media, Commodification, and Surveillance - Kenneth C. Werbin, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Chapter 14: Reconceptualizing Mobilities and Remediating the Mob - Judith Nicholson, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Chapter 15: Privacy in a Networked Environment - Valerie Steeves, University of Ottawa
  • Chapter 16: The System of Copyright - Meera Nair, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Part Five: Media Diversity
  • Chapter 17: Media on the Margins? Alternative Media in Canada - David Skinner, York University
  • Chapter 18: Canadian First Peoples? Mediascapes: Reframing a Snapshot with Three Corners - Lorna Roth, Concordia University
  • Chapter 19: The Colour of Difference: Race, Diversity, and Journalism in Canada - Faiza Hirji, McMaster University
  • Chapter 20: From the Top Drawer to the Bottom Line: The Commodification of Children?s Culture - Natalie Coulter, York University

Author Information

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.