The Power of News
By (author) Michael Schudson
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Power of News by Michael Schudson
Book DescriptionNews is seen by some parties as being simply a form of information, mirroring the world, whereas others believe it is a form of propaganda, promoting a partisan view. Michael Schudson believes that news is really both and neither; it is a form of culture, complete with its own literary and social conventions and powerful in ways more subtle and complex than may be expected. This text examines the news media's emergence as a central institution of modern American society, a key repository of common knowledge and cultural authority. It looks at the way news has evolved in concert with American democracy and industry, subject to the social forces that shape the culture at large, and explores the origins of contemporary journalistic practices, including the interview, the summary lead, the preoccupation with the presidency, and the ironic and detached stance of the reporter toward the political world. It also rejects certain misconceptions, such as the ideas that the press brought about the Spanish-American War and that television decided the Kennedy-Nixon debates. Through this analysis, Schudson shows how the news, by making knowledge public, actually changes the character of knowledge and allows people to act on that knowledge in new and significant ways.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674695870
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Schudson
News Media, Hardback (November 2016)
The business of journalism has an extensive, storied, and often romanticized history. This addition to the What Everyone Needs to Know(R) series looks at the past, present and future of journalism, considering how the development of the industry has shaped the present and how we can expect the future to roll out.
Rise of the Right to Know, Hardback (September 2015)
Modern transparency dates to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s well before the Internet. Michael Schudson shows how the right to know has defined a new era for democracy less focus on parties and elections, more pluralism and more players, year-round monitoring of government, and a blurring line between politics and society, public and private."
Sociology of News, Paperback (November 2011)» View all books by Michael Schudson
A personal, trenchant, and comprehensive account of the contemporary news media.
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Author Biography - Michael Schudson
Michael Schudson is Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of several books, including Advertising: The Uneasy Persuasion and Watergate in American Memory.
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