|Name Denis McQuail|
|Awards Frank Luther MottKappa Tau Alpha Journalism and Mass Communication Research Award|
Books McQuail's mass communi, Media performance, Journalism and Society, McQuail’s Reader in Mass Co, Audience Analysis
Similar People Sven Windahl, Jay Blumler, Pippa Norris, Doris A Graber, Harold Lasswell
Tribute to denis mcquail
Denis McQuail (12 April 1935, London – 25 June 2017)was a British communication theorist, Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam, considered one of the most influential scholars in the field of mass communication studies.
- Tribute to denis mcquail
- Media uses and gratifications some features of the approach response by denis mcquail
- Freedom versus Control
- The use and reception of media
- Selected publications
Media uses and gratifications some features of the approach response by denis mcquail
Born in London in 1935, McQuail obtained his BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 1958, and the next year his MA in Public and Social Administration. In 1969 he obtained his PhD in social studies from the University of Leeds in 1967 with the thesis, entitled "Factors affecting public interest in television plays."
McQuail started his academic career in the UK. On 1 August 1977 he was appointed Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where on 6 November 1978 he spoke the inaugural lecture, entitled "The historicity of a science of mass media: time, place, circumstances and the effects of mass communication." After his early retirement in 1 January 1997 he was appointed Emeritus Professor. He was also Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Southampton.
The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) established the Denis McQuail Award in his honour which is awarded each year to the best article advancing communication theory since 2006.
McQuail died on 25 June 2017, aged 82. when he died
McQuail published extensively in the field of political communication and communication theory. Best known is his contribution to the education of the public, concerning communication theory. His work has centred on explaining communication theories and their applications. He is adamant about informing the public on the benefits and dangers of mass communication.
In the early 1980s he and Dr. Sven Windahl published a book Communication Models. The book details basic communication models (Lasswell model, Shannon and Weaver's model, Gerbner's model), theories of media, audience-centered models, and mass media systems in general. In textbook style, the book outlines each topic: it is a compilation of existing communication theories with the author's own thoughts.
McQuail's next book, Mass Communication Theory, discusses in greater detail the mass communication concept. Specifically, it talks about the significance of mass media and how it affects the individual and society rather than focusing on the definitions of the models in general. "The three primary objectives: to update and take account of recent theory and research; enlargement, to reflect the continuing expansion of the field; clarification and improved presentation (pg. 13)". In Chapter 10, McQuail discusses the future of mass communication and states that it is either socially fragmenting or unifying. He makes several points on how the media needs to be socially responsible to be effective.
The sequel was Media Performance (1992). In it, previous theories are taken more for granted, and applied. He discusses at length the importance of an informed public. He states that the more aware a public is, the less likely it will be affected by media.
Freedom versus Control
Denis McQuail believes the relations between media and society both have political and social-cultural aspects. Vital to the political aspect is the question of freedom and control.
The use and reception of media
McQuail makes special mention in Mass Communication Theory of the difficulty that surrounds identifying specific uses of media, as well as the difficulty of understanding the reception that any specific medium may have. McQuail uses the medium of the television as an example and notes that despite the many changes and extensions that the occurred, the television is still primarily seen as a medium of family entertainment.