Journalism and Popular Culture

Hartley, John (2008) Journalism and Popular Culture. In Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin & Hanitzsch, Thomas (Eds.) Handbook of Journalism Studies. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), New York, NY, pp. 310-324.

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This chapter identifies popular culture as the true origin of modern journalism, taking 'origin' to refer both to empirical historical beginnings, in revolutionary France and industrializing Britain, and also to theoretical first principles in the claim that popular culture is the subject (source) of journalism, not its object (destination). Within this historical and conceptual framework, two contrasting underlying models of communication and determination can be seen at work. In one the consumers of news are an effect of media; in the other they are a source of meaning. One model leads to a representative, expert journalism; the other to emancipationist self-representation. Both are present throughout the history of modern media, although during the era of the press barons and broadcast monopolies the top-down version has predominated. This dominance is currently in crisis; my argument is that scholarly attention to the historical relations between journalism and popular culture can help to explain what is at stake.

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ISBN: 9780805863420
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 17 Apr 2008 00:00
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