And That's the Way It Will Be: News and Information in a Digital World

And That's the Way It Will Be: News and Information in a Digital World

by Christopher Harper
     
 

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The news media in the late twentieth century has become increasingly sensational and irrelevant to the lives of the American public. Network news shows frequently resemble entertainment programs, and major newspapers often fail to serve the interests of their communities. Young people in particular are casting aside newspapers and television news for computerized

Overview

The news media in the late twentieth century has become increasingly sensational and irrelevant to the lives of the American public. Network news shows frequently resemble entertainment programs, and major newspapers often fail to serve the interests of their communities. Young people in particular are casting aside newspapers and television news for computerized information and entertainment. In the wake of this shift, the convergence of digital technology, computing, and telecommunications has given rise to a new form of journalism: digital news.

And That's The Way It Will Be argues convincingly that digital journalism has the potential to reverse the decline in prestige of the mainstream media. Focusing on the public's dissatisfaction with traditional communication sources, seasoned journalist Christopher Harper evaluates computers as a means of providing and receiving news and information.

Harper profiles some of the key players in the world of digital journalism including Microsoft, America Online, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Time Warner. He assesses the impact of digital news in poor neighborhoods and the developing world and explores the issues of pornography, privacy, and government regulation of the Internet's news and information system. The volume closes with predictions about the future by presidents of communications organizations, computer experts, network news anchors, software developers, columnists, on-line editors, and Web designers.

The first book to focus exclusively on the nature and future of journalism in an electronic age, And That's The Way It Will Be provides a comprehensive look at the emergence, challenges, and promise of digital news.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As recent coverage of the Monica Lewinski affair demonstrates, the race to post stories on the Internet can result in some very short-lived news items. Yet, even these well-publicized blunders have had little impact on the demand for up-to-the-minute news on the Internet. Veteran reporter and journalism teacher Harper, formerly with ABC and Newsweek and currently Roy H. Park Distinguished Professor of Communication at Ithaca College, explores new audience expectations, along with changes in technology and in the practice of journalism. Weaving vignettes of individual computer experiences with empirical data, he profiles current electronic media consumers and producers. He also draws from examples such as the Chicago Tribune's use of audio and video in its Internet edition to review the electronic activities of major media companies. While acknowledging issues of unequal access, pornography, privacy, and hate-group activity, Harper remains an optimist about the electronic future. His engaging writing style will attract general readers as well as journalists and journalism students. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Judy Solberg, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC
Booknews
A favorable analysis of the emerging medium of digital journalism. Harper (communications, Ithaca College) argues that digital journalism has the potential to reverse the decline in prestige of the mainstream media. He profiles some of the key players, including Microsoft, America Online, Time Warner, and . Also discussed are issues of privacy, pornography, and government regulation on the Internet. Concludes with predictions about the future of the medium by presidents of communications organizations, computer experts, network news anchors, online editors, and Web designers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Review American Journalism
Harper briskly and efficiently explains the emerging appeal of online journalism. . . Unlike some new media enthusiasts, he doesn't duck the downside.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814736081
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Mitchell Stephens
Harper, who has practiced print and broadcast journalism at the highest levels, has given us a wise and knowledgeable guide to this new form of journalism and what it is beginning to achieve.
—Mitchell Stephens, author of A History of News
Bob Brown
When this book has served its purpose as a definitive guide to how the designs of journalism are changing in a digital age-and how to make them work in the future-it will have a second life as a compelling history of how the marriage between journalism and digital technology developed, and who the important and ingenious players were. (Bob Brown, ABC 20/20)

Meet the Author

Formerly a journalist with ABC, Newsweek, and the Associated Press, Christopher Harper is Roy H. Park Distinguished Professor of Communications at Ithaca College.

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