On Television and Journalism

On Television and Journalism

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A corruscating attack on television - and on the 'collaboration' between intellectuals and the media which, Bourdieu argues, is leading to new and more invidious forms of dumbing down. Bourdieu examines the way in which apparently serious TV debate gives way to soundbite, as a series of talking 'experts' go through the motions of comment and consideration in increasingly self-referential circles.The result: banal and worthless drivel, shaped almost entirely by the imperatives of television ratings wars rather than any consideration of the truth. Television, Bourdieu claims, has now had a profound and largely detrimental effect not just on journalism, but on the formerly very separate worlds of art, literature, philosophy, politics, justice and even science - all of which are in danger of being forced to submit to what he describes as the 'commercial plebiscite' of audience ratings.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745313388
  • 9780745313382

About Pierre Bourdieu

Frantz Fanon (1925-61) was born in the French Caribbean island of Martinique. He studied medicine and psychiatry in France and worked in a hospital in Algeria between 1953 and 1956. He passionately identified with Algeria's armed struggle for independence and this led him to write The Wretched of the Earth (1961) which became a manifesto for the Third World. Black Skin, White Masks was first published in France in 1952.show more

Table of contents

Prologue - Journalism and Politics On Television Preface Part One - In Front of the Camera and Behind the Scenes Part Two - Invisible Structures and Their Effects The Power of Journalism Appendix - The Olympics - An Agenda for Analysis Translator's Note Bibliography Notes Indexshow more

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'As much an urgent 'intervention' as a magisterial argument: Bourdieu uses persuasion and polemic to alert his readers to a danger, and to convince them to resist' -- Le Monde 'I recommend Bourdieu's lively book' -- John Pilger 'A refreshing attack on the neuroses of news gathering' -- Guardianshow more

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