Life in Media

A Global Introduction to Media Studies

by Deuze

| ISBN: 9780262374620 | Copyright 2023

Click here to preview

Instructor Requests

Digital Exam/Desk Copy Print Desk Copy Ancillaries

A new way to teach media studies that centers students' lived experiences and diverse perspectives from around the world.

From the intimate to the mundane, most aspects of our lives—how we learn, love, work, and play—take place in media. Taking an expansive, global perspective, this introductory textbook covers what it means to live in, rather than with, media. Mark Deuze focuses on the lived experience—how people who use smartphones, the internet, and television sets make sense of their digital environment—to investigate the broader role of media in society and everyday life.

Life in Media uses relatable examples and case studies from around the world to illustrate the foundational theories, concepts, and methods of media studies. The book is structured around six core themes: how media inform and inspire our daily activities; how we live our lives in the public eye; how we make distinctions between real and fake; how we seek and express love; how we use media to effect change; how we create media and shared narratives; and how we seek to create well-being within media. By deliberately including diverse voices and radically embracing the everyday and mundane aspects of media life, this book innovates ways to teach and talk about media.

•Highlights diverse international voices, images, and cases
•Uses accessible examples from everyday life to contextualize theory
•Offers a comprehensive, student-centered introduction to media studies
•Extensively annotated bibliography offers dynamic sources for further study, including readings and documentary films

Expand/Collapse All
Contents (pg. vii)
1. Media Life (pg. 1)
Living in Media (pg. 5)
Life in a Day (pg. 8)
Media Life (pg. 22)
2. Your Life (pg. 25)
Media as Artifacts (pg. 28)
Media as Activities (pg. 36)
Media as (Social) Arrangements (pg. 44)
Your Life (pg. 49)
3. Public Life (pg. 51)
The Panopticon (pg. 54)
How Surveillance Works (pg. 57)
Public Life (pg. 80)
4. Real Life (pg. 85)
On the Imperfection of Communication (pg. 89)
The Options We Have: War against the Machines (pg. 94)
The Options We Have: Surrender to a Mediated Reality (pg. 99)
The Options We Have: We Become Media (pg. 106)
Real Life (pg. 124)
5. Love Life (pg. 127)
Media Love (pg. 130)
The Practice of Media Love (pg. 134)
The Mediation of Love (pg. 137)
Mediatization of Love (pg. 141)
Media Love (pg. 146)
6. Change Life (pg. 149)
On the Inseparability of Media and Social Change (pg. 152)
Addendum: The Role of Media in War and Conflict (pg. 155)
Revolution, Rebellion, and Activism in Media (pg. 157)
Defining and Understanding Media Activism (pg. 164)
Key Issues when Changing the World in and through Media (pg. 167)
On the Properties of Media Activism Today (pg. 171)
Problems of Changing Life in Media (pg. 174)
On the Successes and Failures of Media Activism (pg. 178)
Change Life (pg. 179)
7. Make Life (pg. 183)
On Defining Media as Industries (pg. 188)
The Paradoxes of Professionally Producing Culture (pg. 196)
Media Work for a Life in Media (pg. 211)
Make Life (pg. 216)
8. Life in Media (pg. 219)
The Dark Side (and the Light) (pg. 223)
On the Possibilities of Media (Studies) (pg. 246)
The Truman Show Delusion (pg. 250)
Appendix 1: Annotated Sources (pg. 253)
Disparity in the Field (pg. 254)
Chapter 1: Media Life (pg. 261)
Chapter 2: Your Life (pg. 263)
Chapter 3: Public Life (pg. 268)
Chapter 4: Real Life (pg. 272)
Chapter 5: Love Life (pg. 278)
Chapter 6: Change Life (pg. 284)
Chapter 7: Make Life (pg. 288)
Chapter 8: Life in Media (pg. 293)
Appendix 2: Key Concepts in Tweets (pg. 297)
Appendix 3: Ten Tips for a Life in Media (pg. 305)
1. Forgive Yourself (pg. 306)
2. Technorealism (pg. 306)
3. Media Are Magic and Messy (pg. 307)
4. We Have Been Here Before (pg. 307)
5. Don’t Overdo It (pg. 308)
6. Realize You Are a Maker (pg. 309)
7. Be Mediawise (pg. 309)
8. True Play (pg. 310)
9. Study Media (pg. 311)
10. Media Art(s) (pg. 312)
Index (pg. 313)

Mark Deuze

Mark Deuze is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities and coauthor of McQuail's Media and Mass Communication Theory, among other works.

Instructors Only
You must have an instructor account and submit a request to access instructor materials for this book.
Go paperless today! Available online anytime, nothing to download or install.


  • Bookmarking
  • Note taking
  • Highlighting