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What Is Happening to News: The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism

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Across America, newspapers that have defined their cities for over a century are rapidly failing, their circulations plummeting even as opinion-soaked web outlets like the Huffington Post thrive. Meanwhile, nightly news programs shock viewers with stories of horrific crime and celebrity scandal, while the smug sarcasm and shouting of pundits like Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann dominate cable television. Is it any wonder that young people are turning away from the news entirely, trusting comedians like Jon Stewart as their primary source of information on current events?

In the face of all the problems plaguing serious news, What Is Happening to News explores the crucial question of how journalism lost its way—and who is responsible for the ragged retreat from its great traditions. Veteran editor and newspaperman Jack Fuller locates the surprising sources of change where no one has thought to look before: in the collision between a revolutionary new information age and a human brain that is still wired for the threats faced by our prehistoric ancestors. Drawing on the dramatic recent discoveries of neuroscience, Fuller explains why the information overload of contemporary life makes us dramatically more receptive to sensational news, while rendering the staid, objective voice of standard journalism ineffective. Throw in a growing distrust of experts and authority, ably capitalized on by blogs and other interactive media, and the result is a toxic mix that threatens to prove fatal to journalism as we know it.

For every reader troubled by what has become of news—and worried about what the future may hold—What Is Happening to News not only offers unprecedented insight into the causes of change but also clear guidance, strongly rooted in the precepts of ethical journalism, on how journalists can adapt to this new environment while still providing the information necessary to a functioning democracy.

About the Author

Jack Fuller is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who spent nearly forty years working in newspapers, serving as editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune and as president of the Tribune Publishing Company. He is the author of seven novels, as well as News Values: Ideas for an Information Age, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: The Collapse of the Old Order

Chapter 2: The Science of Journalism

Chapter 3: Models of the Mind

Chapter 4: Knees, Natural Selection, and Neuron Networks

Chapter 5: Knowing What You Feel

Chapter 6: The Two Searchlights

Chapter 7: Tricked by Our Minds

Chapter 8: The Acids of Postmodernity

Chapter 9: Tulips and the Hive

Chapter 10: The Secrets of Story

Chapter 11: A Kind of Truth

Chapter 12: A Matter of Respect

Chapter 13: A New Rhetoric for News

Afterword

Notes

Suggested Readin

Bibliography

Index

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avaiki, June 13, 2010 (view all comments by avaiki)
Having waded through dozens of articles about the crisis in journalism - only to find scant mention of the dread "c" word - I take a very skeptical view of new titles purporting to report on the issue. So, fair warning, I have not read this book. What I have done is search via Google preview for how many times this book mentions the word crisis. Google Preview only has access to 184 of 214 pages, publishers quite rightly keeping any juicy conclusions to themselves and the book buying (and reading) public. However, prior to page 184, Google Preview only picks up some 16 mentions of the word crisis. Of those, three are contained in the cover, title pages and index. A further three refer to general economic crisis as background. Leaving a grand total of ten uses of the word crisis, averaging one every 18 pages. Whether that is enough to examine the true causes of journalism in crisis, let alone suggest effective remedy is up to other reviewers to decide.

Thin slice impression (very thin slice)? Jack Fuller offers some compelling insights into the links between human behaviour, news and new and old media, essential for formulating responses to the journalism crisis. However, the limited insights from Google Preview seem to suggest that insights into what caused the crisis in the first place - and the same forces that continue to act against strong, independent and investigative journalism are, sorry, thin on the ground. We live in an increasingly transnational, megatrending world of globalization but the G word features just once. Strange, when a vast majority of Americans - nearly half - trust "fair and balanced" Fox News as their main source of information, a station owned by a former Australian with worldwide interests.

Neuroscience may give us insight into the old paradigms of fight or flight, but of scant use in daily combat against their modern day counterparts, greed and corruption. Good grist for the mill, just not the mill itself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226268989
Author:
Fuller, Jack
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Information society
Subject:
Journalistic ethics
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Journalism-Reference
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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