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Unformatted text preview: curred part-in-parcel with the rise of the network age * the advent of broadcasting and then the development of Downloaded By: [Ohio State University Libraries] At: 01:44 26 September 2007 JOURNALISTIC AUTHORITY ON MTV network television, the centralization of national news, and the consolidation of national power. Here the thinking of Mikhail Bakhtin is remarkably prescient. Bakhtin (1981) argued that moments when the pull of the centripetal is in ascendancy equally are times of centralization in the ‘‘verbal-ideological world.’’ The consolidation of the professional paradigm can be understood as the insistence on what Bakhtin might call a unitary language , the singular-voiced assumption, as Walter Cronkite so often claimed, that that is indeed the way it is . In such centripetal times, the underlying assumptions of the dominant paradigm * its techniques, its values, its allocation of authority * become naturalized, unreflexively reaffirmed each day as self-evident expressions of common sense (Williams and Delli Carpini, 2003). Even in times of apparent uniformity, however, the centripetal forces of unitary language are always in tension with the reality of polyglossia , the unavoidable multiplicity of languages and voices. Unitary language is always stratified, divided into social dialects, characteristic group behavior, professional jargons, generic languages, languages of generations and age groups, tendentious languages, languages of the authorities, of various circles and of passing fashions, languages that serve the specific sociopolitical purposes of the day, even of the hour. (Bakhtin, 1981, pp. 262 Á 3) The world, Bakhtin argues, is ‘‘actively polyglot,’’ and the interaction of multiple languages is the defining feature of the discursive realm. If, as Bennett et al. suggest, journalism helps to determine who should be given public voice, many scholars maintain that rather than conceptualizing a unitary public, we must think instead of multiple publics, shifting constellations of identities, affiliations, and voices. Hauser (1999, p. 52) discusses a ‘‘...
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