From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News

From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News

by Geoffrey Baym
     
 

With increasing numbers of people tuning out the nightly news and media consumption falling, late-night comedians have become some of the most important newscasters in the country. From Cronkite to Colbert explains why. It examines a historical path that begins at the height of the network age with Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow—when the evening news was

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With increasing numbers of people tuning out the nightly news and media consumption falling, late-night comedians have become some of the most important newscasters in the country. From Cronkite to Colbert explains why. It examines a historical path that begins at the height of the network age with Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow—when the evening news was considered the authoritative record of the day's events and forged our assumptions about what "the news" is, or should be. The book then winds its way through the breakdown of the paradigm of "real" news and into its reinvention in the unlikely form of such shows as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. From Cronkite to Colbert makes the case that rather than "fake news," these shows should be understood as a new kind of journalism, one that has the potential to save the news and reinvigorate the conversation on democracy in today's society.

Winner of the 2010 NCA Award for Outstanding Book in Political Communication!

FEATURES

· Uses a tripartite analytical framework for tracking the history of broadcast news from Cronkite to Colbert: high modern, postmodern, and neomodern

· Puts recent media developments in context with intellectual and philosophical history including the writings of Wittgenstein, Bahktin, and Foucault

· Explains the concept and action of "media convergence" clearly and critically

· Looks at the "post network" age in news history and illustrates the problems and possibilities of the era of "digital instability" in which many media platforms—cable, satellite, internet, smart phones, and more—converge to create a new "life after TV"

· Plays with now familiar media images—Ted Koppel's "big head;" Jon Stewart's repetitive clip technique; Stephen Colbert's "The Word" feature—in order to illustrate media postmodernity

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199945849
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,323,685
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Baym is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on the changing styles and standards of news media and political discourse. He has worked as a newswriter, reporter, and researcher for media outlets such as the CBS Network News, KSL Television in Salt Lake City, and the Tucson Citizen.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, and Ted Koppel's Giant Head

Chapter Two: Representing Reality

Chapter Three: Publicizing Politics

Chapter Four: The Slow Death of CBS News

Chapter Five: News from Somewhere: Hybrid Blends in the Multichannel Era

Chapter Six: The Daily Show and The Reinvention of Political Journalism

Chapter Seven: "Nothing I'm Saying Means Anything": Stephen Colbert and the New Language of Public Affairs

Chapter Eight: Networked News: Stewart, Colbert, and the New Public Sphere

Chapter Nine: Real News, Fake News, and the Conversation of Democracy

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