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Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism (Guilford Communication Series)

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"...[A] fascinating look at timeless and modern storytelling." Booklist

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"Jack Lule has been known for years as a skilled and subtle interpreter of news narratives. In Daily News, Eternal Stories, Lule convincingly argues that storytelling, not information dissemination, is the core activity of journalism. He finds mythic themes in every nook and cranny of the news — in stories about everything from terrorism and disaster to the exploits of Mark McGwire, Mother Teresa, and Huey Newton. Daily News, Eternal Stories is a wonderful book — smart, humane, witty, and passionate." John Pauly, Saint Louis University

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"This splendid book enters the debates over the crisis in news with a provocative thesis that no one can ignore. To resolve our confusion over the social role of newsmakers, the author argues for understanding the news as myth. In dramatic fashion, The New York Times becomes state scribe, the latest in a long line of privileged storytellers. Communications scholarship for years has played with the intriguing relation of mythmaking to news. Here that idea finally comes into its own — with intelligence, mastery of the literature, and a graceful style. This is a landmark book in the sociology of news." Clifford G. Christians, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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"A century ago, poets and novelists began to experiment with the relation between mythic archetypes and the clichés and stereotypes of everyday existence. Jack Lule approaches these matters from the front pages of the daily press, rather than from the pages of literature. He demonstrates basic mythic patterns in news and shows how news media are busily engaged in reviving and replaying our oldest myths. This book offers a vital perspective for understanding the structure of news in a world bathed in information." Eric McLuhan, Ph.D.

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Through an exploration of hundreds of New York Times articles, Lule (journalism and communication, Lehigh University) shows how news articles draw from ancient tales. He reveals the mythical themes present in reporting on people like Huey Newton, Mother Teresa, and Mike Tyson, as well as events like terrorist hijackings. He identifies enduring archetypes like the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In so doing, he examines how media coverage shapes our thinking about issues like foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This compelling, often surprising book demonstrates the ways news articles of today draw from age-old tales that have chastened, challenged, entertained, and entranced people since the beginning of time. Through an insightful exploration of hundreds of New York Times articles, award-winning professor and former journalist Jack Lule reveals mythical themes in reporting on topics from terrorist hijackings to Huey Newton, from Mother Teresa to Mike Tyson. Beneath the fresh facade of current events, Lule identifies such enduring archetypes as the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In doing so, he sheds light on how media coverage shapes our thinking about many of the confounding issues of our day, including foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.

Winner of the MEA's 2002 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics

About the Author

Jack Lule is Professor and Chair in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is the author of more than 50 articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews and has won numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching. He serves on the editorial board of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. A former bartender, truck driver and reporter, Lule continues to be an avid observer of the American scene and a frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction. Front-Page Myths: The News Story

I. The Story of the News Story

1. Seven Master Myths in the News: Eternal Stories

2. The Mythological Role of Journalism: Stories for Society

II. Case Studies of News as Myth

3. The Victim: Leon Klinghoffer and News of Tragedy

4. The Scapegoat: The Killing of Huey Newton and Degrading Political Radicals

5. The Hero: Mark McGwire and "Godding Up" U.S. Celebrities

6. The Good Mother: Mother Teresa and the Human Interest Story

7. The Trickster: Race, the News, and the Rape of Mike Tyson

8. The Other World: Haiti and International News Values

9. The Flood: Hurricane Mitch and News of Disasters

Conclusion. News, Myth, and Society: Twelve Propositions

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572306066
Author:
Lule, Jack
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Location:
New York
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
Mythology in literature
Subject:
Journalism and literature.
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
Journalism -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Guilford Communication Series
Series Volume:
124
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
245
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "...[A] fascinating look at timeless and modern storytelling."
"Review" by , "Jack Lule has been known for years as a skilled and subtle interpreter of news narratives. In Daily News, Eternal Stories, Lule convincingly argues that storytelling, not information dissemination, is the core activity of journalism. He finds mythic themes in every nook and cranny of the news — in stories about everything from terrorism and disaster to the exploits of Mark McGwire, Mother Teresa, and Huey Newton. Daily News, Eternal Stories is a wonderful book — smart, humane, witty, and passionate."
"Review" by , "This splendid book enters the debates over the crisis in news with a provocative thesis that no one can ignore. To resolve our confusion over the social role of newsmakers, the author argues for understanding the news as myth. In dramatic fashion, The New York Times becomes state scribe, the latest in a long line of privileged storytellers. Communications scholarship for years has played with the intriguing relation of mythmaking to news. Here that idea finally comes into its own — with intelligence, mastery of the literature, and a graceful style. This is a landmark book in the sociology of news."
"Review" by , "A century ago, poets and novelists began to experiment with the relation between mythic archetypes and the clichés and stereotypes of everyday existence. Jack Lule approaches these matters from the front pages of the daily press, rather than from the pages of literature. He demonstrates basic mythic patterns in news and shows how news media are busily engaged in reviving and replaying our oldest myths. This book offers a vital perspective for understanding the structure of news in a world bathed in information."
"Synopsis" by ,
This compelling, often surprising book demonstrates the ways news articles of today draw from age-old tales that have chastened, challenged, entertained, and entranced people since the beginning of time. Through an insightful exploration of hundreds of New York Times articles, award-winning professor and former journalist Jack Lule reveals mythical themes in reporting on topics from terrorist hijackings to Huey Newton, from Mother Teresa to Mike Tyson. Beneath the fresh facade of current events, Lule identifies such enduring archetypes as the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In doing so, he sheds light on how media coverage shapes our thinking about many of the confounding issues of our day, including foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.

Winner of the MEA's 2002 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics

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