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[book cover] How Canadians Communicate V

Edited by David Taras and Christopher Waddell

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March 2016

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Canadian Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies: Media Studies / Sport



About the Book

Fewer Canadians than ever are lacing up skates, swimming lengths at the pool, practicing their curve ball, and experiencing the thrill of competition. However, despite a decline in active participation, Canadians spend enormous amounts of time and money on sports, as fans and followers of sporting events and sports culture. Never has media coverage of sports been more exhaustive, and never has it been more driven by commercial interests and the need to fuel consumerism, on which corporate profits depend. The power plays now occurring in the arena of sports are by no means solely a matter of money, however. At issue as well in the media capture of sports are the values that inform our daily lives, the physical and emotional health of the population, and the symbols so long central to a sense of Canadian identity.

Writing from a variety of perspectives, the contributors to this collection set out to explore the impact of the media on our reception of, and attitudes toward, sports—to unpack the meanings that sports have for us as citizens and consumers. Well-known hockey writer Roy MacGregor delves into the influence of big media and big sports on the practice of objective journalism; Richard Gruneau examines the worrisome relationship between sports participation and socioeconomic class; blogger Derrick Newman investigates the impact of fantasy leagues on sports coverage; sociologist Harry Hiller looks at the iconic dimensions of the Vancouver Olympics. Other contributors shed light on the way in which the media serve to transform sports—including, of course, hockey—into a vehicle for the expression of identity and nationalism. Still others probe the function of sports as spectacle: the escalation of violence, controversies over drug use, and the media’s coverage of tragic deaths. The goal is not to score points but to prompt critical discussion of why sports matter in Canadian life and culture and how they contribute to the construction of Canadian identity.


About the Editors

David Taras holds the Ralph Klein Chair in media studies at Mount Royal University. He served as an expert advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and is the co-author of The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Christopher Waddell is associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, where he holds the Carty Chair in business and financial journalism. He was formerly national editor for the Globe and Mail and parliamentary bureau chief for CBC television news.



Bart Beaty, Jeremy Berry, Duane Bratt, Richard Gruneau, Harry Hiller, Regan Lauscher, David Legg, Roy MacGregor, Tom Maloney, Derrick Newman, Janice Paskey, Chaseten Remillard, André Richelieu, Glenn Ruhl, Jay Scherer, Angela J. Schneider, Aritha van Herk, Ira Wagman, Peter Zuurbier.



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DownloadPower Plays: Communication and Control in Canadian Sports
David Taras

PART I. The Medium Is the Money

Download1. Troubles in the Toy Department: Conflicts of Interest, the Triumph of Trivia, and the Changing Face of Sports Journalism
Roy MacGregor

Download2. The Hall of Mirrors
Christopher Waddell

Download3. The End of CBC Sports?
Jay Scherer

Download4. Playing Make-Believe: How Fantasy Leagues Have Changed Sports
Derrick Newman

PART II. Searching for Heroes in the New Media World

Download5. Questioning Assumptions: A Comparison of Canadian and American University Sports
Duane Bratt

Download6. Of Home Teams and Visiting Players: Imports and Substitutions in Canadian Professional Sports
Ira Wagman

Download7. The Changing World of Sports in Québec
André Richelieu

Download8. The Olympics as an Iconic Event: The Question of National Unity and the Vancouver 2010 Games
Harry Hiller

Download9. Debating Disability: Paralympic Athletes and the Media
David Legg

PART III. Hockey Night in Canada

Download10. Hockey, Concussions, and the Media
Tom Maloney

Download11. The Hockey Calgary Body-Checking Vote: Colliding Views
Janice Paskey

Download12. Goodbye, Gordie Howe: Sport Participation and Class Inequality in the “Pay for Play” Society
Richard Gruneau

Download13. Cultivating Distinction Through Hockey as Commodity
Peter Zuurbier

Download14. Hockey Art as Visual Communication: Insights from Oral Culture
Chaseten Remillard

PART IV. Drugs, Violence, and Death

Download15. The Kayfabe Era: Early Professional Wrestling in Canada
Glenn Ruhl

Download16. “The UFC Is Selling Wolf Tickets”: Sport and Fiction in the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Bart Beaty

Download17. On the Temptations of Doping: Moral Relativism and the Tour de France
Angela J. Schneider

Download18. An Insider’s Look at the Vancouver 2010 Luge Tragedy
Regan Lauscher

Download19. Communicating Tragedy: The Death of Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Vancouver Olympics
Jeremy Berry

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download20. The Half a Mile of Heaven’s Gate
Aritha van Herk

DownloadList of Contributors