Re-Inventing the Media provides a highly original re-thinking of media studies for the contemporary post-broadcast, post-analogue, and post-mass media era.

While media and cultural studies has made much of the changes to the media landscape that have come from digital technologies, these constitute only part of the transformations that have taken place in what amounts of a reinvention of the media over the last two decades.

Graeme Turner takes on the task of re-thinking how media studies approaches the whole of the contemporary media-scape by focusing on three large, cross-platform, and transnational themes: the decline of the mass media paradigm, the ongoing restructuring of the relations between the media and the state, and the structural and social consequences of celebrity culture.

By addressing the fact that the reinvention of the media is not simply a matter of globalising markets or the take-up of technological change, Turner is able to explore the more fundamental movements and widespread trends that have significantly influenced the character of what the contemporary media have become, how it is structured, and how it is used.

Re-Inventing the Media is a must-read for both students and scholars of media, culture and communication studies.


chapter |15 pages


Re-inventing the media

part I|40 pages

Rethinking the media

chapter 1|19 pages

Rethinking media theory

part II|34 pages

The media and the nation-state

chapter 3|15 pages

The media, the nation and globalisation

chapter 4|17 pages

Rethinking media regulation

part III|33 pages

The consequences of celebrity

chapter 5|15 pages

The celebrification of the media

chapter 6|16 pages

Intervening in the social

The function of celebrity culture

chapter |13 pages


Teaching the re-invented media