News as Purposive Behavior Reading

News as Purposive Behavior Reading - News as Purposive...

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Introduction: Public events are held to exist. The news content of mass media is seen as the result of practical, purposive, and creative activities on the part of news promoters, news assemblers, and news consumers. . Everyone needs news: tells us what we do not experience directly. Occurrenc e : is any cognized happening It can be infinitely divided and elaborated into additional happenings and occurrences. Occurrence becomes to a degree, as an object in social world and thus available as a resource for constructing events in the future Doing events: everyday activities of constituting events are guided b one purposes at hand example: when we “see” chairs when we enter a room its because of the recurrent need to sit example: “see” religion as an explanatory variable because “it works” Occurrences become events according to their usefulness to an individual who is attempting on a particular occasion to order her or his experience. An issue arises when there are at least two such competing uses, involving at least two parties having access to event creating mechanisms. Public time: term which we will take to stand for that dimension of collective life through which human communities come to have what is assumed to be a patterned and perceptually shared past, present and future Analogously constituted through public events Career lines of public events: An occurrence passes through a set of agencies each of which helps construct, each of which helps construct, through a distinctive set of organizational routines, what the event will have turned out to be
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course COMM 3287 taught by Professor Madger during the Fall '11 term at NYU.

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