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Spectacle Rules Cable News

To the cable news camera, structural oppression is harder to capture than a burning cop car. Spectacle still rules cable news. Alex Pareene, “Cable News Charnel,” The Baffler, 2015 Notes: This … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bourdieu on Human Interest Stories

[Human interest stories] depoliticize and reduce what goes on in the world to the level of anecdote or scandal. This…is accomplished by fixing and keeping attention fixed on events without … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reportage as Social Construction

The news, the incidents and accidents of everyday life, can be loaded with political or ethnic significance liable to unleash strong, often negative feelings, such as racism, chauvinism, the fear-hatred … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Simple to Cover

[TV news sees the world] as a series of apparently absurd stories that all end up looking the same, endless parades of poverty-stricken countries, sequences of events that, having appeared … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

TV News and Day-to-day Thinking

This inattention to nuance [in television journalism] both repeats and reinforces the structural amnesia induced by day-to-day thinking and by the competition that equates what’s important with what’s new–the scoop. … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · Leave a comment