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Good News Bad News Journalism Ethics And The Public Interest Critical Studies in Communication amp in Cultural Industries

Good News Bad News Journalism Ethics And The Public Interest Critical Studies in Communication amp in Cultural Industries

Public dissatisfaction with the news media frequently gives rise to calls for journalists to live up to the ethical standards of their profession. But what if the fault lies in part with the standards themselves?Jeremy Iggers argues that journalism’s institutionalized conversation about ethics largely evades the most important issues regarding the public interest and the civic responsibilities of the press. Changes in the ownership and organization of the news media make these issues especially timely; although journalism’s ethics rest on the idea of journalism as a profession, the rise of market-driven journalism has undermined journalists’ professional status.Ultimately, argues Iggers, journalism is impossible without a public that cares about the common life. A more meaningful approach to journalism ethics must begin […]

Critical Theories of Mass Media

Critical Theories of Mass Media

“This is a welcome critical corrective to complacent mainstream accounts of the media’s cultural impact”. Prof. Slavoj Zizek, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London “A powerful and highly engaging re-assessment of past critical thinkers (including those not normally thought of as critical) in the light of today’s mediascape”. Jorge Reina Schement, Distinguished Professor of Communications, Penn State University With the exception of occasional moral panics about the coarsening of public discourse, and the impact of advertising and television violence upon children, mass media tend to be viewed as a largely neutral or benign part of contemporary life. Even when criticisms are voiced, the media chooses how and when to discuss its own […]

The Death of quot Why quot The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy BK Currents Paperback

The Death of quot Why quot The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy BK Currents Paperback

Obsessed with answers, we have lost sight of the power and value of questions. Debates over globalization, climate change, health care, and poverty will not be “solved” with simple answers, but that’s what Americans are being trained to expect. Andrea Batista Schlesinger argues that we’re besieged by cultural forces that urge us to avoid critical thinking and independent analysis. The media reduces politics to a spectator sport, standardized tests teach students to fill in the dots instead of opening their minds, and even the Internet promotes habits that discourage looking deeper. But the situation isn’t hopeless. Schlesinger profiles individuals and institutions renewing the practice of inquiry—particularly in America’s youth—at a time when our society demands such activity from us all. […]

Simulation and Its Discontents Simplicity Design Technology Business Life

Simulation and Its Discontents Simplicity Design Technology Business Life

Summary How the simulation and visualization technologies so pervasive in science, engineering, and design have changed our way of seeing the world. Over the past twenty years, the technologies of simulation and visualization have changed our ways of looking at the world. In Simulation and Its Discontents, Sherry Turkle examines the now dominant medium of our working lives and finds that simulation has become its own sensibility. We hear it in Turkle’s description of architecture students who no longer design with a pencil, of science and engineering students who admit that computer models seem more “real” than experiments in physical laboratories. Echoing architect Louis Kahn’s famous question, “What does a brick want?”, Turkle asks, “What does simulation want?” Simulations want, […]

Saving Childhood Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence

Saving Childhood Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence

Saving Childhood offers parents and grandparents practical strategies to cope with a society that seems perversely determined to frighten and corrupt its young. Cultural critic and popular radio host Michael Medved and his wife, psychologist Diane Medved, argue that in a mistaken effort to curb problems plaguing its youth, our culture has changed from protecting childhood as a precious time of growth to hammering even the smallest youngsters with a grim, harsh, and menacing view of the world. The Medveds systematically present unassailable scientific evidence, moving anecdotes, and personal experiences of raising their three young children to explain the attack from four primary directions–media, schools, peers, and even well-intentioned parents themselves. In a unique analysis the Medveds define innocence not […]