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The Real Working Class Is Invisible to the Media
"Review of No Longer Newsworthy, by Christopher R. Martin (Cornell University Press, 2019)."
book  review  working-class  class  economics  media-studies 
april 2019 by tsuomela
Yes, It Was That Bad : Democracy Journal
"Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics By Yochai Benkler, Robert Faros, and Hal Roberts • Oxford University Press • 2018 • 472 pages • $27.95 Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President By Kathleen Hall Jamieson • Oxford University Press • 2018 • 314 pages • $24.95"
books  review  election  2016  media-studies  social-media  propaganda  politics  communication 
march 2019 by tsuomela
Media democratization and the rise of Trump | ROUGH TYPE
"The following review of the book Trump and the Media appeared originally, in a slightly different form, in the Los Angeles Review of Books."
book  review  technology-effects  media-studies  journalism 
august 2018 by tsuomela
First Draft News
"First Draft, a project of the Shorenstein Center, fights mis- and disinformation through fieldwork, research and education."
academic-center  journalism  post-truth  fake-news  misinformation  disinformation  media  media-studies 
july 2018 by tsuomela
Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media (Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy) David R. Castillo: Bloomsbury Academic
"We are living in a time of inflationary media. While technological change has periodically altered and advanced the ways humans process and transmit knowledge, for the last 100 years the media with which we produce, transmit, and record ideas have multiplied in kind, speed, and power. Saturation in media is provoking a crisis in how we perceive and understand reality. Media become inflationary when the scope of their representation of the world outgrows the confines of their culture's prior grasp of reality. We call the resulting concept of reality that emerges the culture's medialogy. Medialogies offers a highly innovative approach to the contemporary construction of reality in cultural, political, and economic domains. Castillo and Egginton, both luminary scholars, combine a very accessible style with profound theoretical analysis, relying not only on works of philosophy and political theory but also on novels, Hollywood films, and mass media phenomena. The book invites us to reconsider the way reality is constructed, and how truth, sovereignty, agency, and authority are understood from the everyday, philosophical, and political points of view. A powerful analysis of actuality, with its roots in early modernity, this work is crucial to understanding reality in the information age."
book  publisher  media  media-studies  communication  inflation 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Bad News – The New Inquiry
"With Bystander, Liz Magic Laser seems to tell us that news media is unreliable, irrelevant and preys on our emotions. But the intended audience for whom this might be startling is hard to imagine."
art  performance  review  media-reform  media-studies  news  journalism  criticism 
may 2014 by tsuomela
“I want it to be 25 years ago!” Newsweek’s blown cover story on bitcoin. » Pressthink
"You don't get to decide to whom this article will spread. The people formerly known as the audience will do that. Other journalists writing about your screw-ups, like Felix Salmon, will do that. You can't publish your work on the internet, then act like it was placed gingerly in some mailbox in New Rochelle. "
news  media  internet  publishing  media-reform  media-studies 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Los Angeles Review of Books - The Next Level: Alexander R. Galloway’s “The Interface Effect”
"For many Americans, then, a great deal of contemporary life is mediated by interfaces, including laptop, smartphone, and television screens. That this perpetual mediation so often goes unexamined speaks to the importance of Alexander R. Galloway’s new monograph The Interface Effect. Galloway’s ambitious book aspires to be not only a theory of interfaces but also a broader rethinking of the field of “new media studies,” an academic discipline with precursors in the media theories of Marshall McLuhan and Raymond Williams in the 1960s that emerged properly with scholarship produced alongside the rise of web culture of the 1990s."
book  review  media  new-media  interface  culture  criticism  critical-theory  technology  philosophy  aesthetics  design  internet  mediation  media-studies 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Science Magazine: Sign In
By Brossard and Scheufele.  "A world in which one in seven people actively use Facebook, and more than 340 million tweets are being posted everyday is not the future of science communication any more. It is today's reality. Scientists and social scientists must explore outcomes of online interactions about science in much greater detail. This work will have to be based on rigorous empirical social science rather than guesswork and anecdotal evidence about how to communicate complex and sometimes controversial science in these new information environments. Without applied research on how to best communicate science online, we risk creating a future where the dynamics of online communication systems have a stronger impact on public views about science than the specific research that we as scientists are trying to communicate."
science  communication  online  social-media  media-studies  information-science 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Towards a diachronic ethnography of media and actual social changes « media/anthropology
"n this paper I address the question of how to study media and social change ethnographically. To do so I draw from the relevant media anthropology literature, including my own research in Malaysia and Spain. I first sketch a history of media anthropology, identifying a number of key works and themes as well as two main phases of growth since the 1980s. I then argue that anthropologists are well positioned to contribute to the interdisciplinary study of media and social change. However, to do so we must first shift our current focus on media and ‘social changing’ (i.e. how things are changing) to the study of media in relation to actual social changes, e.g. the suburbanisation of Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s to 2000s, or the secularisation of morality in post-Franco Spain. This shift from the ethnographic present continuous to the ethnographic past tense simple (how things changed from A to B) – a move from potential to actual changes – does not require that we abandon our commitment to ethnography in favour of social history. Rather, it demands new forms of ‘diachronic ethnography’ that can handle the processual, finite logic of actual social changes."
media  change  social  ethnography  history  theory  media-studies 
july 2012 by tsuomela
I’m There, You’re Not, Let Me Tell You About It » Pressthink
"Which is true. The way I like to phrase that idea is in the title of this post: “I’m there, you’re not, let me tell you about it.” This, I think, is the original source–headwaters–for all forms of authority in journalism. By “authority” I simply mean the right to be listened to, a legitimate claim on public attention. You begin to have authority as a journalist not when you work for a brand name in news (although that helps) but when you offer a report that users cannot easily get on their own. If we go way back in journalism history, the first people to claim this kind of authority were those who could say… I’m there, you’re not, let me tell you about it."
journalism  media  authority  experience  presence  media-studies 
march 2012 by tsuomela
The Balanced U.S. Press
"We propose a new method for measuring the relative ideological positions of newspapers, voters, interest groups, and political parties. The method uses data on ballot propositions. We exploit the fact that newspapers, parties, and interest groups take positions on these propositions, and the fact that citizens ultimately vote on them. We find that, on average, newspapers in the U.S. are located almost exactly at the median voter in their states. Newspapers also tend to be centrist relative to interest groups. "
media  media-studies  ownership  bias  ideology  newspaper  journalism 
september 2011 by tsuomela
MediaShift . The Necessity of Data Journalism in the New Digital Community | PBS
In the information age, journalism needs to go further. Information bombards us. What is scarce is insight, understanding and knowledge.

The news industry is built on the assumption that if you give a reporter a notebook and a few days to ramp up, he can write authoritatively on any subject. That's not enough anymore. In today's information-rich world, reporters need to bring more to the table. To provide readers with truly insightful experiences, they need to have the kind of expertise that will allow them to see the story behind the story, to see what's really going on.
journalism  media  data  statistics  media-studies  big-data 
june 2011 by tsuomela
dunwoody | School of Journalism
"Sharon Dunwoody is Evjue-Bascom Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School. Among other affiliations, she is a member of the Governance Faculty of the university’s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and is a faculty affiliate of the Science and Technology Studies program.

As a scholar, she focuses on the construction of media science messages and on how those messages are employed by individuals for various cognitive and behavioral purposes. Illustrative of this large domain are her current research streams:

How do individuals use information to inform their judgments about environmental risks?

What role do perceptions of both journalists and scientists play in the construction of news about science?"
people  academia  journalism  mass  communication  media  science  media-studies 
may 2011 by tsuomela
What I Think I Know About Journalism » Pressthink
"Next month I will have taught journalism at New York University for 25 years, an occasion that has led me to reflect on what I have tried to profess in that time.

Or, to put it another way, what I think I know about journalism.

It comes down to these four ideas.

1. The more people who participate in the press the stronger it will be.

2. The profession of journalism went awry when it began to adopt the View from Nowhere.

3. The news system will improve when it is made more useful to people.

4. Making facts public does not a public make
journalism  media  media-studies  communication  history 
april 2011 by tsuomela
@JohnPostill (Twitter)

I am an anthropologist (PhD UCL) specialising in the study of media. Currently I am Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University and a Fellow of the Digital Anthropology Programme, University College London (UCL).
weblog-individual  anthropology  academic  media-studies  ethnography 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Reporting and the transformations of the journalistic field: US news media, 1890-2000
"How have journalistic ideals of public service arisen? To what extent do journalists live up to these ideals? Can we make any claims as to the social conditions that this performance depends on? Using Bourdieu’s theory of fields of cultural production, this article addresses these questions with evidence from the history of journalism in the United States. What is most distinctive about modern journalism is a specific practice: active news-gathering or reporting. "
journalism  history  media-studies  media  communication  objectivity 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Left's Media Miscalculation -
"The Right concentrated on gaining control of the information flows in Washington and on building a media infrastructure that would put out a consistent conservative message across the country. As part of this strategy, the Right also funded attack groups to target mainstream journalists who got in the way of the conservative agenda.

The Left largely forsook media in favor of “grassroots organizing.” As many of the Left’s flagship media outlets foundered, the “progressive community” reorganized under the slogan – “think globally, act locally” – and increasingly put its available money into well-intentioned projects, such as buying endangered wetlands or feeding the poor.

So, while the Right waged what it called “the war of ideas” and expanded the reach of conservative media to every corner of the nation, the Left trusted that local political action would reenergize American democracy."
media  media-studies  progressive  conservative  1970s  history 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Terry Heaton’s PoMo Blog » Blog Archive » What really started the decline in press trust?
The truth, according to the folks at Gallup, who’ve been following this since 1973, is that trust in the press began its decline in 1976. It has sharply declined ever since until today, 57% of Americans have little or no trust in the press to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly.” So a full 20 years prior to the Internet or Fox News, trust in the press began its slide.
The press changed forever during and in the wake of Watergate. Never before had the press “brought down” a sitting President of the United States. The Washington Post did this through an FBI source that we now know had an agenda.
But nobody asked the American public — that relentless cultural governor that we enjoy — if this was all right with them. Maybe the idea that a small group of people with the power to take down a sitting President wasn’t or isn’t to their liking. Perhaps it’s not so good for democracy.
media  media-studies  history  journalism  trust  1970s  poll 
november 2010 by tsuomela
PressThink: The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World's First Stateless News Organization
In media history up to now, the press is free to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the laws of a given nation protect it. But Wikileaks is able to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the logic of the Internet permits it. This is new.
media  media-studies  wikileaks  journalism  censorship  country(Afghanistan)  counter-insurgency  propaganda  secrecy  national-security  foreign-policy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Press Forward : CJR
Links to every entry in CJR’s Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News series
communication  media  journalism  future  news  media-studies  media-reform  business-model  business  series 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News : CJR
To that end, we introduce Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News. In a series of essays, interviews, case studies, and roundtable discussions, we’ll explore news’s past as a way of guiding its future. Approximately every three weeks, we will introduce a new unit addressing various topics relevant to both news and the Internet.
communication  media  journalism  future  news  media-studies  media-reform  business-model  business  series 
september 2009 by tsuomela
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