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CHAPTER 7: WATCHDOG OR LAPDOGS? THE POLITICS OF JOURNALISM

The impartiality and authenticity of journalism are more and more haunted not only by the advent of media moguls and political and economic interests at large, but also by the raising of figures like spin doctors, whose aim is spinning and blame news in order to favor politicians they work for. Continua a leggere

CHAPTER 6 AND NOTES

02/09

GLOBAL MEDIA OWNERSHIP

McLuhan’s “global village”; “the medium is the message”. Youtube clip-Woody Alen “Annie Hall”.

McLuhan wrote before the birth of media conglomeration, which occurred in the early 1990s. Media empire grew through the consolidation e.g. merger of Time and Warner Brothers.

The problem with media empires is that they relay increasingly with mega corporations which provide big products, such as film blockbusters. The first film blockbuster was made in 1975. Blockbuster like “Titanic” started designing people’s tastes and attitudes.

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CHAPTER 5 AND NOTES

26/08

THE STATE AND THE MEDIA

PRIVATISATION, DEREGULATION: age that goes back to 1980s and the ideology comes from markets regarded as the best to be sold in terms of corporation (broadcasting corporation). State control of media has incredibly fallen into scepticism. Nationalisation of the cultural industry.

Labor government gained the idea of deregulation in a proper way. The state should let the market hit the best.

Since 1960s arguments on privatisation rose.

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CHAPTER 4: NOTES

19/08

MEDIA EFFECTS: documentary on women rape.

Media set the agenda of what we think about. (priming)

Think of the effects oF pornography: is not a case that many rapers have a huge collection of pornography.

In terms of politics using newspaper, they commonly set the agenda.

Determining effects, not just a slight influence.

“The questions hanging over murdoch, USA” The Guardian

Media are destroying our capacity of deep reading. Continua a leggere

WHAT IS HIDDEN, IN THE HEART…(Assignment 3)

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase…(Martin Luther King, I have a dream, 1963).

When you are sitting at your desk, looking for that story for your piece. You start thinking about many interesting topics, which could engage and entertain your readers. Then, you touch lightly the keybord of your personal computer and type some words on Google. The word I typed was ‘faith’. Continua a leggere