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The Media’s Role in Defining the Nation

The Active Voice


David Copeland

In 1897, William Randolph Hearst said that his newspaper did not simply cover events that had already happened. «It doesn’t wait for things to turn up», Hearst said. «It turns them up.» This book traces the close relationship between media and the United States’ development from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. It explores how the active voice of citizen-journalists and trained media professionals has turned to media to direct the moral compass of the people and to set the agenda for a nation, and discusses how changes in technology have altered the way in which participatory journalism is practiced. What makes the book powerful is that its assessment of the influence and use of media encompasses many levels: it explores the potential of media as an agent for change from within small communities to the national stage.


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Index A Abbott, Robert S., 149–50, 207 ABC World News Tonight, 6 abolitionist press, 78–82 Abu Ghraib, 6 Account of the Province of Carolina, An, 13 Adams, Eddie, 92, 233–34 Adams, John, 1, 11, 22, 53 Adams, John Quincy, 70 Adams, Samuel Hopkins, 135 Adams, Samuel, 1–2, 11, 21, 258 Addison, Alexander, 7 advertising. nineteenth century, 122–23 post World War II, 237–38 Agence France-Presse, 284 Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, 267–68 Albany Congress, 28 Aldrin, Buzz, 243 Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, 52–53, 57–58 Alien and Seditions Acts of 1917, 195 Alien Registration Act, 199, 207 All in the Family, 249 All the President’s Men, 245 All-American Newsreel, 208 Alsop, Joseph and Stewart, 209 American Broadcasting Company, 222 American Equal Rights Association, 142 American Marconi Company, 172, 178 American Newspaper Annual, 101 American Revolution, 11, 33–34 Americans All, 208 Anarchiad, The, 46 Andros, Edmund, 17 Anthony, Susan B., 142 Antietam, Battle of, 91 antifederalists, 48–49 Anti-Saloon League, 150 Apollo 11, 244 Appeal to Reason, The, 136 Arbuckle, Roscoe “Fatty,” 169–70 Areopagitica, 15 Arizona, U.S.S., 205 Armat, Thomas, 164 Armstrong, Louis, 163 Armstrong, Neil, 243, 280 Arnaz, Desi, 249 Arsenio Hall Show, The, 260 Articles of Confederation, 45–46 Associated Press, 149, 197, 284 Atlanta Constitution, 105–106 Aurora, 43, 52 Ayer, Francis, 122 B Bache, Benjamin Franklin, 51–53 Bailey, Gamaliel, 80 Baird, John Logie, 182 Baker, Chuck, 263 Baker, Ray Stannard, 133, 146, 171 Baldwin, Herbert, 148...

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