The Mediation of Poverty

The Mediation of Poverty : The News, New Media, and Politics

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The Mediation of Poverty examines the impact of digital technologies on poverty politics in Canada and the United Kingdom. As the first transnational comparison of poverty coverage, this book provides several research contributions, including an inside account of how digital technologies are changing media as well as political and activist working practices. The book effectively treats the influence of the neoliberal context on communication processes, specifically as related to poverty politics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 13 Tables, unspecified
  • 0739178601
  • 9780739178607
  • 2,251,592

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. News Coverage of Poverty: A Frame Analysis 3. Speed, Digital Media and News Coverage of Poverty 4. Mediated Politics and Poverty 5. Advocacy, Activism and Advancing Social Justice 6. Conclusion: Democracy to Come?
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Review quote

The Mediation of Poverty: The News, New Media and Politics by Joanna Redden offers a study of how digital technology in Britain and Canada impacts news coverage of poverty issues. Redden uses a frame analysis of mainstream and alternative news content to identify which narratives dominate poverty coverage, what is missing from mainstream news coverage, and what can be learned by looking at alternative sources of news and information. She argues that news coverage favors 'neoliberal' approaches to poverty in both nations. Her interviews with journalists, politicians, researchers, and social activists support a discussion of the changing nature of news, politics, and activism, and how this mix influences 'poverty politics.' She raises concerns about how the pace of digital working environments (and deadline-driven news) impacts reasoned consideration in a way that reinforces dominant market-based thinking, thus limiting the range of political responses to dealing with poverty. Communication Booknotes Quarterly This book helps to explain how the neo-liberal ascendancy is being maintained despite mass unemployment. It shows that the media tend to explain poverty in terms of individual responsibility rather than structural cause, and to discuss its relief in terms of public cost rather than social justice. Neither the internet nor new social movements have been able to dislodge, so far, this 'common sense' understanding . This is a book for our times, written by a rising young star among media scholars. -- James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London The Mediation of Poverty is a rich empirical study, a substantial contribution to the growing comparative literature in media studies. Not least of the book's contributions is further evidence of the importance of 'alternative' media to diversifying public policy discourse. Joanna Redden extends the tradition of critical media analysis into the new media environment, bringing with her a healthy dose of skepticism about the Internet's impact on the quality of journalism. She has produced a key reading for anyone interested in the journalism of poverty, the poverty of journalism, and the prospects for democratic change in media and politics. -- Robert Hackett, Simon Fraser University
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About Joanna Redden

Joanna Redden is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Infoscape Research Lab, Ryerson University.
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