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On Television and Journalism By Pierre Bourdieu

On Television and Journalism by Pierre Bourdieu

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Bourdieu's controversial attack on the corrosive and insidious powers of television and popular journalism

On Television and Journalism Summary

On Television and Journalism by Pierre Bourdieu

A corruscating attack on television - and on the 'collaboration' between intellectuals and the media which, Bourdieu argues, is leading to new and more invidious forms of dumbing down.

Bourdieu examines the way in which apparently serious TV debate gives way to soundbite, as a series of talking 'experts' go through the motions of comment and consideration in increasingly self-referential circles.

The result: banal and worthless drivel, shaped almost entirely by the imperatives of television ratings wars rather than any consideration of the truth. Television, Bourdieu claims, has now had a profound and largely detrimental effect not just on journalism, but on the formerly very separate worlds of art, literature, philosophy, politics, justice and even science - all of which are in danger of being forced to submit to what he describes as the 'commercial plebiscite' of audience ratings.

On Television and Journalism Reviews

'A refreshing attack on the neuroses of news gathering' -- Guardian
'I recommend Bourdieu's lively book' -- John Pilger
'As much an urgent 'intervention' as a magisterial argument: Bourdieu uses persuasion and polemic to alert his readers to a danger, and to convince them to resist' -- Le Monde

About Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu is chair of Sociology at the College de France, and the author of numerous groundbreaking works.

Table of Contents

Prologue - Journalism and Politics On Television Preface Part One - In Front of the Camera and Behind the Scenes Part Two - Invisible Structures and Their Effects The Power of Journalism Appendix - The Olympics - An Agenda for Analysis Translator's Note Bibliography Notes Index

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On Television and Journalism by Pierre Bourdieu
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