This module will explore key theoretical works such as those of Habermas and Fraser introducing students to the idea of multiple public spheres and locating the media within the democratic process. In the first part of the module, we will focus on the nature of mass media entertainment in the context of discussions on the Culture Industry. We will also discuss common forms and genres. The second part of the module will focus on the politics of representation in the media and advertising with particular reference to ethnicity and gender. We will also consider reader and audience reception and how the meanings we make out of media imagery and texts help us to read our personal, social and political worlds.