From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast Newsby Geoffrey Baym
Pub. Date: 09/28/2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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. Murrowwhen the evening news was
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. Murrowwhen 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!
· 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 platformscable, satellite, internet, smart phones, and moreconverge to create a new "life after TV"
· Plays with now familiar media imagesTed Koppel's "big head;" Jon Stewart's repetitive clip technique; Stephen Colbert's "The Word" featurein order to illustrate media postmodernity
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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