Friday, December 4, 2009
Losing the News
Finishing a depressing book, Losing the News, that discusses the erosion of "accountability news." I'll post more about it when finished. But early on, author Alex Jones discusses political scientist Robert Entman's typology of media content: traditional journalism, tabloid journalism, advocacy journalism, and entertainment. Funny part is local TV news is categorized as tabloid journalism, which will surprise few who actually watch it since it fails to meet all the criteria set forth to be traditional journalism. The book is really about the "iron core" of news and how that is suffering, either from parasites who suck off the work of journalists or an audience that has migrated to softer, more partisan fare.