Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press
By (author) Michael Schudson
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Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press by Michael Schudson
Book DescriptionJournalism does not create democracy and democracy does not invent journalism, but what is the relationship between them? This question is at the heart of this book by world renowned sociologist and media scholar Michael Schudson. Focusing on the U.S. media but seeing them in a comparative context, Schudson brings his understanding of news as at once a story-telling and fact-centered practice to bear on a variety of controversies about what public knowledge today is and what it should be. Should experts have a role in governing democracies? Is news melodramatic or is it ironic - or is it both at different times? In the title essay, Schudson even suggests that journalism serves the interests of free expression and democracy best when it least lives up to the demands of media critics for deep thought and analysis; passion for the sensational event may be news at its democratically most powerful. Lively, provocative, unconventional, and deeply informed by a rich understanding of journalism's history, this work collects the best of Schudson's recent writings, including several pieces published here for the first time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745644523
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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 Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, and Professor of Communication at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University.
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