Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information by Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel

By Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel

Amid the hand-wringing over the demise of "true journalism" within the net Age—the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia—veteran newshounds and media critics invoice Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a realistic, serious-minded consultant to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. sure, outdated gurus are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of data has replaced. yet looking the reality is still the aim of journalism—and the thing in the event you eat it. How can we figure what's trustworthy? How will we confirm which evidence (or whose evaluations) to belief? Blur presents a street map, or extra in particular, finds the craft that has been utilized in newsrooms by way of some of the best reporters for purchasing on the fact. In an age whilst the road among citizen and journalist is turning into more and more uncertain, Blur is an important consultant when you need to know what's precise.

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Men, on the other hand, have been considered permanent workers, responsible for supporting a family. Policies that failed to consider the postwar employment opportunities for women war workers suggest that employers and government officials operated from a perspective that deemed wage labor as merely Page 27 an adjunct to women's "real" role, which was full-time home-making. Recruiting married women into war production must have seemed to them an ideal solution to the problem of securing temporary workers.

19 Most analysts of wartime popular culture agree with this perspective and caution against the temptation to attribute more power to the media than was the case. 20 Similarly, Susan Hartmann notes that although postwar media were largely controlled by men women voluntarily consumed their products. "21 Popular culture must, to some extent, reflect the assumptions, fantasies, and values of consumers in order to be commercially successful. As John Cawelti says of popular story types: "I think we can assume that formulas become collective cultural products because they successfully articulate a pattern of fantasy that is at least acceptable to if not preferred by the cultural groups who enjoy them....

I discuss the impact of propaganda organizations on story themes with proven appeal to a middle-class audience and identify the persuasive techniques Page 17 used by advertisers to make war jobs, then homemaking, look attractive to women. Chapter 3 takes up the issue of propaganda directed at working-class women by focusing on the most successful magazine of the confessions group, True Story. Here I note the impact of class on the recruitment campaign and the limitations imposed by the confession formula on developing new images of women.

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