The Media in Question: Popular Cultures and Public Interests

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This collection of innovative essays sets the agenda for a revitalised debate on the hybrid communicative practices that constitute the (post)modern media landscape and which cross the boundaries between fact and fiction, information and entertainment, public knowledge and popular culture.

In this challenging and provocative collection, the individual contributors rethink key issues - the meaning of the public interest, the quality of media performance and (de)regulation. In the process they raise questions rarely addressed in normative media theories, for example, the ethics of sports reporting, the moral reasoning in popular culture and the required professional standards for infotainment genres such as reality television and gossip journalism.

Accessible and wide-ranging, The Media in Question will be essential reading for students in mass communication and political communication studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761957225
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/6/1998
  • Series: Mass Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Liesbet van Zoonen is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University and Professor of Popular Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work covers the articulation of popular culture and politics, for which she uses a wide range of standard and creative quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Liesbet van Zoonen, Joke Hermes and Kees Brants
Of Public and Popular Interests
New Technologies and Old Problems - Peter Golding
Evaluating and Regulating Media Performance in the 'Information Age'
Is Broadcasting Policy Becoming Redundant? - Karen Siune
Television Programming - Els de Bens
More Diversity, More Convergence?
Diversity Revisited - Jan van Cuilenburg
Towards a Critical Rational Model of Media Diversity
Wrestling with the Public Interest in Organized Communications - Jay Blumler
World Communication - Cees J Hamelink
Conflicting Aspirations for the 21st Century
The Performance of the Sponge - Ien Ang
Mass Communication Theory enters the Postmodern World
Enhancing the Civic Ideal in Television Journalism - Peter Dahlgren
Reality Television and Social Responsibility Theory - Jan Wieten
The Ethics of Making Private Life Public - Liesbet van Zoonen
Professional Ethics - Kaarle Nordenstreng
Between Fortress Journalism and Cosmopolitan Democracy
Stories of Violence and the Public Interest - George Gerbner
Sports Reporting - Andrew Tudor
Race, Difference and Identity
Cultural Citizenship and Popular Fiction - Joke Hermes
With the Benefit of Hindsight - Kees Brants
Old Nightmares and New Dreams

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