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Author Balnaves, Mark.
Title Rating the audience : the business of media / Mark Balnaves, Tom O'Regan and Ben Goldsmith.
Imprint London ; New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury Academic, 2011.

Subject Mass media -- Ratings and rankings.
Mass media -- Audiences.
Alt Name O'Regan, Tom.
Goldsmith, Ben, 1967-
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-267) and index.
Contents Why the Ratings Are Important -- The Convention -- The Panel and the Survey -- The Audit -- The Technologies of Counting -- The Ratings Provider -- The Networks (and Other Media Providers) -- Advertisers and Media Planners -- The Audience -- The Critics -- The Future of Ratings.
Summary "Knowing, measuring and understanding media audiences have become a multi-billion dollar business. But the convention that underpins that business, audience ratings, is in crisis. Rating the Audience is the first book to show why and how audience ratings research became a convention, an agreement, and the first to interrogate the ways that agreement is now under threat. Taking a historical approach, the book looks at the evolution of audience ratings and the survey industry. It goes on to analyse today's media environment, looking at the role of the internet and the increased difficulties it presents for measuring audiences. The book covers all the major players and controversies, such as facebook's privacy rulings and Google's alliance with Nielsen. Offering the first really comparative study, it will be critical for media students and professionals."--Publisher's description.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781849663427 (hbk.)
1849663424 (hbk.)
9781849663410 (pbk.)
1849663416 (pbk.)
9781849664615 (ebook)
1849664617 (ebook)
9781849664608 (electronic bk.)
1849664609 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613479143
OCLC # 779696131
Additional Format Print version: 9786613479143