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People's News, The: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism Hardcover – February 3, 2014
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Uncovers the surprising cause behind the recent rise of fake news
In an ideal world, journalists act selflessly and in the public interest regardless of the financial consequences. However, in reality, news outlets no longer provide the most important and consequential stories to audiences; instead, news producers adjust news content in response to ratings, audience demographics, and opinion polls. While such criticisms of the news media are widely shared, few can agree on the causes of poor news quality. The People’s News argues that the incentives in the American free market drive news outlets to report news that meets audience demands, rather than democratic ideals. In short, audiences’ opinions drive the content that so often passes off as “the news.”
The People’s News looks at news not as a type of media but instead as a commodity bought and sold on the market, comparing unique measures of news content to survey data from a wide variety of sources. Joseph Uscinski’s rigorous analysis shows news firms report certain issues over others―not because audiences need to know them, but rather, because of market demands. Uscinski also demonstrates that the influence of market demands also affects the business of news, prohibiting journalists from exercising independent judgment and determining the structure of entire news markets as well as firm branding.
Ultimately, the results of this book indicate profit-motives often trump journalistic and democratic values. The findings also suggest that the media actively responds to audiences, thus giving the public control over their own information environment. Uniting the study of media effects and media content, The People’s News presents a powerful challenge to our ideas of how free market media outlets meet our standards for impartiality and public service.
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"Supported by sophisticated empirical analyses, detailed examples, compelling logic, and clear prose, The Peoples News makes a convincing case that the U.S. news media provides the public with what it wants rather than what it needs. And, unfortunately, what we want may be hazardous to our (civic) health." -- Michael Delli Carpini,Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
"We not have the tools at our disposal to uncover these systematic but gradual effects both from and on media. Uscinski does so here in a largely precise and perceptive way, makingThe Peoples Newsan important work for media effects scholars." ― Political Science Quarterly
About the Author
- Publisher : NYU Press (February 3, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 195 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0814760333
- ISBN-13 : 978-0814760338
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches
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So we are to believe that corporate-owned networks and news shows NEVER push a corporate-friendly agenda
or show any news the public doesn't "want" and NEVER use their media to further their own ideology?
Then the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus ARE real?
Rupert Murdoch NEVER pushes his own ideology and only shows The Public what it demands?
Both right and left should avoid this one.