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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

NOTES AND CORRESPONDING BOOK’S RECAP: LECTURE 3

12/08
King of comedy (movie in 1983 by Martin Scorsese).

Commedification of culture.

Potential effect upon people.

Comedy is part of the entertainment industry. Politics and the cultural industry.

Frankfurt school: Adorno – Horckhaimer – Marcuse ( first phase).

“The dialect of enlightenement” (1947) Continua a leggere

NOTES, CORRESPONDING BOOK’S CHAPTER RECAP AND FOCUS ON THE PROPAGANDA MODEL: 2 LECTURE

05/08

Important topics:

– Language (sound bites, spin, propaganda, use of images);

– Politics and news turned into commodities (brand labour, brand liberal). Politics as industry of public relations;

– Loss of ideology and commitment of political parties.

– Horse race: the new way media treats politics, emphasizing leadership. Continua a leggere

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NOTES AND CORRESPONDING BOOK’S CHAPTER RECAP: 1 LECTURE

29/07

POLITICS AND THE MEDIA

Cover sheets page

 Word doc on moodle – important issues

70% of journals sold are Murdoch’s (not 70% of journals owned by him).

 Climate change – frameworks. Framing one of the most important journal’s activity. Why do they use a frame instead of another? It is strictly related to climate change and catastrofy. Why do journals are more interested to some lives than others? Continua a leggere