U. S. Glasnost: Missing Political Themes in U. S. Media Discourse

U. S. Glasnost: Missing Political Themes in U. S. Media Discourse




In a country essentially ruled by right-wing elements from Democrats to Republicans, state Galtung (founder of TRANSCEND: A Peace and Development Network) and Vincent (communication, Indiana State U.), one would expect right-wing bias in the U.S. media. Yet, they despair that even the marginal U.S. left fails to address the discourse of how "the political issues are cut." Looking at 20 cases of media reporting on political issues, they find that the framework of reporting is almost always from the angle of U.S. interests, thus covering up a complex reality. They offer an analysis of how discourse could be broadened and made more adequate and compare the hoped for process with the Soviet period of Glasnost. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572731868
Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Series: Communication Alternative Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Discourse is All About1
1Democracy and Censorship: A Mini-Theory: Media, Immedia, Democracy A and Democracy B9
Censorship I and Censorship II13
From Censorship I to Censorship II and Back Again20
Coping with Censorship22
2Discourse of Inadequacy: Twenty Case Studies: Chernobyl33
The Hostage Crisis42
Discourse and the Dissident Immigrant42
The Euro-missiles43
Law of the Sea46
Anti-American, Anti-Washington, Both or Neither?49
Human Rights56
Social Science and "Social Laws"60
China IEconomic Growth and Distribution62
China IIEconomic and Political Development65
Race or Gender: A False Dichotomy67
The End of the Cold War: The Missing Explanation?69
The Gulf War: Curtailing Time and Space71
The Somalia War: The Nation-State Fiction72
The War in Yugoslavia: The Appointed Enemy73
Hawai'i: Sovereignty, Autonomy, and Independence76
3Taking Sides: A Mental/Political Exercise85
4A Further Theory of Discourse Analyses97
Ogden's Triangle and Its Uses97
Definitions and the Rules for Definitions101
Classifications and the Rules for Classifications104
Cartesian Products and the Rules for Cartesian Products109
Discourses and the Evaluation of Discourses113
5A Theory of Discourse Expansion123
The Tools of Discourse Expansion123
6Factors Impeding Discourse Expansion141
Marginalizing the Intellectuals142
Intellectual Populism143
Intellectual Professionalism144
Professionalism and Populism145
Emotional/Cognitive Interfaces146
Cognitive Complexity147
Discourse Superiority147
Discourse Sharing148
Fear of Contradictions150
Cognitive Overload and Dissonance151
Cultural, Not Class Diversity151
Self-Reinforcing Discourses152
7Discourse and Meta-Discourse157
Comparing Meta-Discourses157
The Language Meta-Discourse160
The Religion Meta-Discourse162
The Epistemology Meta-Discourse162
The News Meta-Discourse164
The "Two-ness" Meta-Discourse169
U.S. Two-ness: An Exploration171
8Script and Meta-Script179
The Occidental Story181
The American Story185
Non-Verbal Communication187
9Discourse, Script and the New Technologies197
Communication Education and Its Technocratic Thrust199
How High Technology Affects Political Discourse: Ten Points203
10Missing Political Themes in U.S. Media Discourse227
The World as a Missing Theme227
Key Missing Themes in US Mainstream Discourse229
Missing Themes in a Counter-Trend Discourse234
U.S. Glasnost237
Author Index245
Subject Index249

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