Over the past few decades David Altheide has made enormous contribution not only of interactionist research on the media but on the sociology of the media more generally. In 2016 Altheide published ‘The Media Syndrome’, a book that uses twelve different case studies that as Simon Gottschalk writes in his review “illustrate how the mass media influence public perceptions, opinions, and decisions by twisting the reporting of events in particular ways.” In Gottschalk’s view provides us the ‘Media Syndrome’ “with useful examples, insights, and tools with which to understand these transformations. Theory, the mass media, solid research, attention to meaning, engagement with the everyday, a historical dimension, and a critical edge—The Media Syndrome is Symbolic Interaction at its best.”
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