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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 9mm | 163g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745313337
  • 9780745313337

Table of contents

Prologue - Journalism and Politics

On Television


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



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Review quote

'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' -- Guardian
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About Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu is chair of Sociology at the College de France, and the author of numerous groundbreaking works.
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