Cultural Chaos: Media in the Age of Dissolutions

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Overview

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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'The range of issues he examines is impressive.'International Journal of Radical Mass Media Criticism
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415339124
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian McNair is Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of News and Journalism in the UK, Glasnost, Perestroika and the Soviet Union and Images of the Enemy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : a note on chaos
1 Cultural chaos and the globalisation of journalism 1
Pt. I Critiquing critical theory 19
2 Materialism and the media 21
3 From control to chaos 34
Pt. II The political economy of chaos 53
4 The politics of chaos : democracy, media and the decline of deference 55
5 Cultural chaos and the end of ideology 74
6 Cultural capitalism and the commodification of dissent 87
Pt. III The infrastructure of chaos 101
7 Mapping the global public sphere, I : transnational satellite news 103
8 Mapping the global public sphere, II : online journalism and the blogosphere 118
9 From blogosphere to public sphere? 135
Pt. IV The consequences of cultural chaos 155
10 Global news culture and authoritarianism 157
11 Democracy and hyper-democracy 170
12 Controlling chaos 187
13 Conclusion and postscript : cultural chaos and the critical project 199
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