Cultural Chaos: Media in the Age of Dissolutions

Cultural Chaos: Media in the Age of Dissolutions

by Brian McNair
     
 

Cultural Chaos explores the changing relationship between journalism and power in an increasingly globalised news culture. It examines the processes of cultural, geographic and political dissolution which are a feature of the post-Cold War era, in the context of global ideological realignment, rapid evolution in information and communication technologies, and an… See more details below

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Cultural Chaos explores the changing relationship between journalism and power in an increasingly globalised news culture. It examines the processes of cultural, geographic and political dissolution which are a feature of the post-Cold War era, in the context of global ideological realignment, rapid evolution in information and communication technologies, and an increasingly anarchic cultural marketplace. It investigates the impact of these trends on domestic and international journalism, and on political processes in democratic and authoritarian societies across the world. It also assesses the implications of these trends for media scholarship.

With examples drawn from media coverage of the war on terror and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the London Underground bombings, students and teachers will find in Cultural Chaos an overview of the evolution of the sociology of journalism, a critical review of current sociological thinking within media studies, and an argument for revision and renewal of the paradigms which have dominated the field since the early twentieth century. Separate chapters are devoted to the rise of the blogosphere and satellite television news. Written in a lively and accessible style, Cultural Chaos is essential reading for all those interested in the emerging globalised news culture of the twenty-first century.

About the Author:
Brian McNair is Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Strathclyde

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415339124
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : a note on chaos
1Cultural chaos and the globalisation of journalism1
Pt. ICritiquing critical theory19
2Materialism and the media21
3From control to chaos34
Pt. IIThe political economy of chaos53
4The politics of chaos : democracy, media and the decline of deference55
5Cultural chaos and the end of ideology74
6Cultural capitalism and the commodification of dissent87
Pt. IIIThe infrastructure of chaos101
7Mapping the global public sphere, I : transnational satellite news103
8Mapping the global public sphere, II : online journalism and the blogosphere118
9From blogosphere to public sphere?135
Pt. IVThe consequences of cultural chaos155
10Global news culture and authoritarianism157
11Democracy and hyper-democracy170
12Controlling chaos187
13Conclusion and postscript : cultural chaos and the critical project199

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