Sensationalism Some elements for their understanding and analysis

Sensationalism Some elements for their understanding and analysis

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Sensationalism Some elements for their understanding and analysis Erick R. Torrico Villanueva * While sensationalism, as a way of presenting the facts, is almost as old as the printing press, 1 the fact is  that studies on the subject are so far rather scarce at the international level and more in the case of  Bolivia . No one has, for example, a sufficient conceptual clarity about the nature and characteristics of tabloid  journalism and has worked consistently in the description, analysis or understanding of such experiences  that occur mostly in the press and on television most countries. Are hardly considered accurately,  therefore, its origins, its formal aspects and content, its alleged effects, the reasons for its almost always  successful (and controversial) application, the commercial angle, the composition of public or other  related factors . In Latin America, academic papers addressing this topic are still rather rare, even in nations with  significant specialized intellectual production as Brazil or Mexico, where they are not findable more than a  few investigations (see Benetti and Cervantes, for example). With regard to Bolivia has identified only a  master's thesis in Communication, dealing from an ethical point of view of an upcoming issue: coverage  and treatment received news that a period of "suicide wave" in the press La Paz and Sucre. 2 Anyway, this last absence may be partly explained by the fact that sensationalism, despite some possible  concrete manifestations in the country, as the journal "Alarm" Events "and" Cases Metropolicial "missing  Daily "Meridian" and "La Quinta" or the radio and television programs "The Metropolicial" and "The  Telepolicial" respectively-ever, until 1999, finished to succeed and earn a majority acceptance. So now the  situation seems have changed and no doubt this issue will lead-as it has been up-to multiple reflections  and, hopefully, also systematic studies. A few background However, that the manifestations of sensationalist present in public disclosure forms can be traced even  to the sixteenth century to the German and French newspapers that included notes about crimes, family  dramas and gossip about royalty, it was only in the second half of XIX that the assumed in this condition,  ie, as expressions of a particular and deliberate way of doing journalism. This occurred mainly in France,  England, Germany and the United States. In the U.S. case, which is best illustrated by the development of this form of journalism, competition to 
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2011 for the course BUS 10001 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology.

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