HERE'S DEMOCRACY QUESTIONS

HERE'S DEMOCRACY QUESTIONS - Williams and Delli...

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Williams and Delli Carpini (2002) Heeeeeeeere’s Democracy! The Chronicle Review 1) Page 1: The authors write: “In what media columnist Jon Katz has called the “Golden Age of Broadcast News,” (1960s – 1980s) the assumption was that placing the media’s democratic responsibility in the hands of a centralized and professionalized class of experts would result in the dissemination of the trustworthy and sufficient information needed to maintain American Democracy.” a. What are the problems inherent in the assumption that such a centralized and professionalized class of experts would really help American Democracy? (Think about the perspective of Van Zoonen here, and her discussion of Bordieu). b. IVORY TOWER – language isolates average people; removes country from being a true democracy (entire point is it is run by the people) 2) Page 2: The authors write: “Such changes [in the political entertainment landscape] have blurred the distinction between political and non-political media, eroded the gatekeeping and agenda-setting roles of the news media, and
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