The News as Myth

Fact and Context in Journalism


Author: Tom Koch

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 199

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The news. We commonly accept it as fact, but there are many times when journalists are compelled to cross and recross the fine line between true fiction and false truth to get the "real" story. Koch argues that "the myth of the news is its supposed objectivity" and that the very forms which presumably guarantee veracity ultimately lead to incomplete and misleading "false truths." Through an innovative and original methodology and analysis of stories from a variety of North American newspapers, this book shows that the narrative form used by journalists creates a consistent and structural bias in contemporary news. Having shown that contemporary journalistic forms--from the pyramid form to the sacrosanct five W's--effect the context in which "facts" are presented, Koch uses computer database technologies to discover ways in which these forms can be changed and improved.

The News Revolution in England

Cultural Dynamics of Daily Information


Author: C. John Sommerville

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195355499

Category: History

Page: 208

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The News Revolution in England: Cultural Dynamics of Daily Information is the first book to analyze the essential feature of periodical media, which is their periodicity. Having to sell the next issue as well as the present one changes the relation between authors and readers--or customers--and subtly shapes the way that everything is reported, whether politics, the arts and science, or social issues. So there are certain biases that are implicit in the dynamics of news production or commodified information, quite apart from the intentions of journalists. With the birth of the commercial periodical in late seventeenth century England, news became a commodity. What constituted news, how it was presented and received, and how people responded to it underwent a fundamental change. Rather than any democratic print revolution, in which the masses suddenly had access to cheap and accessible information, C. John Sommerville shows that the arrival of the commercial press was in fact restrictive, dictating what was discussed and ultimately how it was discussed. The News Revolution in England looks at the history of journalism from an entirely different angle--the effect of the medium rather than the intentions of the journalists. It will be of interest to historians of England, journalism, and news, along with anyone interested in how the media shapes our world and how we come to relate to it.

Media Anthropology


Author: Eric W. Rothenbuhler,Mihai Coman

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 150631970X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 1244

Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

Representing Death in the News

Journalism, Media and Mortality


Author: F. Hanusch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230289762

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 199

View: 2996

This new study maps and synthesizes existing research on the ways in which journalism deals with death. Folker Hanusch provides a historical overview of death in the news, looks at the conditions of production, content and reception, and also analyzes emerging trends in the representation of death online.

The Audience in Everyday Life

Living in a Media World


Author: S. Elizabeth Bird

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135379807


Page: 256

View: 1599

The Audience in Everyday Life argues that a media audience cannot be studied in front of the television alone--their interaction with media does not simply end when the set is turned off. Instead, we must study the daily lives of audiences to find the undercurrents of media influence in everyday life. Bird provides a host of useful tools and methods for scholars and students interested in the ways media is consumed in everyday life.

Cultural Meanings of News

A Text-Reader


Author: Daniel A. Berkowitz

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412967651

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 409

View: 3475

What is news? Why does news turn out like it does? What factors influence the creation, production, and dissemination of news? Cultural Meanings of News takes on these deceptively simple questions through an essential collection of seminal and contemporary studies by leaders in the fields of mass communication and media studies. Similar in format and purpose to editor Dan Berkowitz's award-winning Social Meanings of News, this new volume represents a conceptual update, a continuation of the discourse about the nature of news and how it comes to be, moving ideas ahead from the earlier tradition of sociological approaches to the more pervasive cultural perspectives that inform understandings about news. Cultural Meanings of News provides a carefully selected set of readings, organized into thematic areas that each probe a dimension of the literature: from sociological roots to cultural perspectives; news as narrative and cultural text; newswork as cultural ritual; news as cultural myth; news and its interpretive communities; news as a source and reflection of collective memory; toward the future of news research. This text-reader provides students and scholars with first-hand exposure to cultural approaches to the study of news, while also providing an organizing framework for understanding the commonalties and differences between threads in the research. The goals are to engage readers through guided immersion in the material.

Media Ethics

A Philosophical Approach


Author: Matthew Kieran

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275956349

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

View: 2064

Arguing for a philosophical approach to ethical issues in journalism and the media, this book investigates questions of impartiality; moral restrictions concerning lies; rights of privacy; and issues of violence, sex, and censorship.

Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale


Author: Jack Zipes

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813143918

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 4351

" Explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century. In his examinations of key classical fairy tales, Zipes traces their unique metamorphoses in history with stunning discoveries that reveal their ideological relationship to domination and oppression. Tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Rumplestiltskin have become part of our everyday culture and shapers of our identities. In this lively work, Jack Zipes explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century and examines the ideological relationship of classic fairy tales to domination and oppression in Western society. The fairy tale received its most "mythic" articulation in America. Consequently, Zipes sees Walt Disney's Snow White as an expression of American male individualism, film and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz as critiques of American myths, and Robert Bly's Iron John as a misunderstanding of folklore and traditional fairy tales. This book will change forever the way we look at the fairy tales of our youth.

The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature


Author: David D. Leitao

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107017289

Category: History

Page: 307

View: 3683

This book traces the image of the pregnant male as it evolves in classical Greek literature. Originating as a representation of paternity and, by extension, "authorship" of creative works, the image later comes to function also as a means to explore the boundary between the sexes.

Einstein as Myth and Muse


Author: Alan. J. Friedman,Carol C. Donley

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521379632

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 8783

This book assesses the impact of the revolution in physical theory on literature.

Metaphor and Entertainment

A Corpus-Based Approach to Language in Chinese Online News


Author: C. Han

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137298049

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 180

View: 5917

Metaphor and Entertainment presents the very first, large-scale exploration of metaphor in Chinese online entertainment news, one of the most vibrant and controversial news genres in contemporary China.

The Difference Heaven Makes

Rehearing the Gospel As News


Author: Christopher Morse

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567027333

Category: Religion

Page: 148

View: 6262

By focusing upon a rehearing of the Gospel news of heaven today, the author invites readers to exercise a "post-modern permission" to listen to this testimony without either the usual modernist earplugs or an uncritical post-modern "make believe." Without attempting to retrace the history of images and interpretations of heaven, Morse seeks rather to draw upon this background to get to the heart of the issue of modern eschatological and apocalyptic discussion by proposing in the foreground a "thought experiment".

Race, Myth and the News


Author: Christopher P. Campbell

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452246939

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

View: 2208

How are the perceptions of the majority culture, the `preferred readings', reflected in television news? How do they reinforce stereotyped attitudes on race? This interpretive analysis presents evidence of racism, including under-representation, within news texts. The author examines the values, traditions and practices of news production that, often unconsciously, serve to maintain the alienation of racial groups in society. While the focus is on local television news in the United States, Race, Myth and the News has a broad relevance to studies of culture and race.

African American Women in the News

Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism


Author: Marian Meyers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135279950

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 165

View: 1069

African American Women in the News offers the first in-depth examination of the varied representations of Black women in American journalism, from analyses of coverage of domestic abuse and "crack mothers" to exploration of new media coverage of Michelle Obama on Youtube. Marian Meyers interrogates the complex and often contradictory images of African American women in news media through detailed studies of national and local news, the mainstream and Black press, and traditional news outlets as well as newer digital platforms. She argues that previous studies of African Americans and the news have largely ignored the representations of women as distinct from men, and the ways in which socioeconomic class can be a determining factor in how Black women are portrayed in the news. Meyers also proposes that a pattern of paternalistic racism, as distinct from the "modern" racism found in previous studies of news coverage of African Americans, is more likely to characterize the media's treatment of African American women. Drawing on critical cultural studies and black feminist theory concerning representation and the intersectionality of gender, race and class, Meyers goes beyond the cultural myths and stereotypes of African American women to provide an updated portrayal of Black women today. African American Women in the News is ideal for courses on African American studies, American studies, journalism studies, media studies, sociology studies, women’s studies and for professional journalists and students of journalism who seek to improve the diversity and sensitivity of their journalistic practice.

Response to Disaster

Fact Versus Fiction & Its Perpetuation : the Sociology of Disaster


Author: Henry W. Fischer

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761811831

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

View: 6576

This edition of Response to Disaster provides an updated and more thorough version of the well-received 1994 first edition. The author adds new research and expands on areas only briefly developed in the first edition, which disseminated the original research findings from several disaster research studies completed by the author. He provides the reader with a basic understanding of how people and organizations usually respond to a disaster in contrast to how they are usually perceived to respond, as well as a description of how and why the mass media helps provide both accurate and inaccurate information involving disasters. In addition, the author discusses organizational response to disasters and assesses future needs in research to improve the reaction to them so that mitigation, planning, and disaster response activity are more effective. Here, he greatly expands the areas of theory of approaches to disaster.

Media Semiotics

An Introduction, Second Edition


Author: Jonathan Bignell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719062056

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 241

View: 5445

Using examples such as "Big Brother" and "Billy Elliot", Bignell offers a comprehensive, intelligent and readable introduction into the critical approach in contemporary media studies. This second edition includes sections on men's style magazines, docusoaps and "reality TV".

Blue Dharma

The Story of Anaiyailla


Author: Joseph Hunt,Alan Adams

Publisher: Blue Dharma Press

ISBN: 9780979834905


Page: 384

View: 4782


Television's Take on the Real


Author: Kristina Riegert

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820481142

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 1398


The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

Metaphor as Myth and as Religion


Author: Joseph Campbell

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577312090

Category: Religion

Page: 148

View: 1509

Created from a powerful set of lectures delivered by the "father of modern mythology," this exciting book--the second in the series Collected Works of Joseph Campbell--suggests that laws of physics that govern the universe are also at play within the human consciousness.

Mister Mercury: A Modern Greek Myth


Author: Giando Sigurani


ISBN: 130494333X

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 6540

The Greek god Hermes has spent thousands of years in a mountain prison for disobeying Zeus. Emerging in a new world where the gods have been shunned by humankind, he hatches a plan straight from the comic books to revive the glory days of Olympus. As Mister Mercury, caped hero, he fights not for freedom, not for justice, but to put the Fear of the Gods back into the hearts of mortals everywhere- whether they believe it or not.