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The End of Journalism- Version 2.0

Industry, Technology and Politics


Edited By Alec Charles

This book brings together the work of British, American and Australian scholars and practitioners in a substantially new edition of this popular collection. It examines the practices of reportage in an era of social networking and online news, an age of altered audience expectations in which the biggest tabloid scandal is the conduct of the tabloid press itself. It debates notions of subjectivity and objectivity in journalism today, explores how new technologies have mobilized professional and aspiring journalists alike, examines the practices and impacts of citizen journalism and user-generated content, investigates the political and cultural value of populist news and interrogates how radical ongoing developments in political, economic, professional, institutional and technological conditions are continuing to change the nature of the news industry in the second decade of the twenty-first century.


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Mick Temple A Forum for Fruitcakes and Fascists: the Saviour of Mainstream Journalism


This chapter argues that, in an increasingly fragmented news environment, mainstream journalism needs to act as a forum for a wider range of view- points. The internet is now full of news providers and bloggers presenting their spin on events from their own particular ideological perspectives. The current narrow focus of mainstream news organisations, ideologically and in terms of the types of stories covered and the perspectives given a platform, has been exposed by the wide range of opinions available online. Those opinions, often downright unpleasant, were once persona non grata in ‘respectable’ company, but many ‘unacceptable’ views are widely held and their social, political and cultural importance is undeniable. For two major reasons – the mainstream news media’s own survival and for their importance in informing the public sphere – it is vital that all shades of opinion are represented in an aggregated form in an electronic global world. The Need for Free Expression The argument that there should be a forum for the widest possible range of views has a long pedigree. Nearly four centuries ago in his Areopagitica, John Milton developed the concept of the open market of ideas, express- ing the ‘revolutionary ideology’ of radical and progressive ideas fighting a ‘declining absolutist and authoritarian order’. This concept played an important role in the rise of bourgeois economic and political power as capitalism emerged. The sole guarantor of the ‘victory of reason and truth 192 Mick Temple in the public sphere’ is the free circulation of ideas and opinions:...

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