Formations is a comprehensive textbook designed for students moving to a deeper engagement with the media studies. The original essays are organized around the broad themes of public knowledge, cultural identity, broadcasting, film, and pop tech. An introductory section explores the fundamentals of the field and a section on method examines how knowledge is constructed within media studies. Throughout, the material is structured into a combination of case studies and integrative essays, punctuated at key moments by "stop and think" advice aimed directly at students. With contributions well-known scholars, Formations offers a deep engagement with issues, theories, and methods, especially new technologies transforming landscapes of popular culture.