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The Media in Question
Popular Cultures and Public Interests

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January 1998 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Media in Question sets the agenda for a revitalized debate on the hybrid communicative practices that constitute the postmodern media landscape: practices that 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 issuesùthe meaning of the public interest, the quality of media performance, and deregulation. 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.

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

`The book brings together a diversity of opinions and approaches, few of them normative in a strict sense. Some clash, while some complement others. At any rate, this range provides the ammunition for debates among media theorists, students and citizen-consumer. Those who look into this collection will find diverse regulatory and moral issues historicized, as well as weighed for their value to current media challenges...the postmodernist authors offer promising, novel onsets for a media theorizing which believes in the crucial role of the media for democracy, irrespective of a survival of public broadcasting or public regulations of content' - European Journal of Cultural Studies

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