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Author Schudson, Michael.

Title Why democracies need an unlovable press / Michael Schudson
Published Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 147 pages)
Contents Introduction: facts and democracy -- Six or seven things news can do for democracy -- The US model of journalism: exception or exemplar? -- The invention of the American newspaper as popular art, 1890-1930 -- Why democracies need an unlovable press -- The concept of politics in contemporary US journalism -- What's unusual about covering politics as usual -- The anarchy of events and the anxiety of story telling -- Why conversation is not the soul of democracy -- The trouble with experts, and why democracies need them
Summary "Journalism does not create democracy and democracy does not invent journalism, but what is the relationship between them? This question is at the heart of this book by world-renowned sociologist and media scholar Michael Schudson. Focusing on the US media but seeing them in a comparative context, Schudson brings his understanding of news as at once a story-telling and fact-centered practice to bear on a variety of controversies about what public knowledge today is and what it should be. Should experts have a role in governing democracies? Is news melodramatic or is it ironic - or is it both at different times? In the title essay, Schudson even suggests that journalism serves the interests of free expression and democracy best when it least lives up to the demands of media critics for deep thought and analysis; passion for the sensational event may be news at its democratically most powerful. Lively, provocative, unconventional, and deeply informed by a rich understanding of journalism's history, this work collects the best of Schudson's recent writings, including several pieces published here for the first time."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-140) and index
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Subject Democracy.
Journalism -- Political aspects.
Mass media -- Political aspects.
Press and politics.
Representative government and representation.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0745658814
074567531X (electronic bk.)
9780745675312 (electronic bk.)