Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: No News Is No News

Thursday, April 12, 2007

No News Is No News

No News Is No News, but it sure is entertaining!

"The news vacuum has had yet another unexpected result. The media themselves have become the story. Viewers watch the high drama of journalists donning gas masks and hurrying to bomb shelters, and CNN reporters ducking under desks to the sound of explosions nearby. Although the news gathering process has been revealed, journalism itself has been short-circuited, and viewers have been treated to raw, unprocessed rumor as a result." -Schiffer and Rinzler (No News Is No News)

Since the Persian Gulf War I feel that our news networks have gotten much more clever in how they present their news. I turned on Fox News to experience a whole different kind of news reporting. Patriotism is Fox's gimmick...but ratings, just like any other news station, are their main concern.

<---Check out the American Flag Graphic in the corner. Now, we have different opinionated news magazines on a variety of slanted stations...this makes news a bit more entertaining than just giving the rumors or even the facts to the public. Strong characters that head these news magazines create and draw controversy from expressing their own opinions, whether right or wrong. Yet, the public can't help but watch! Not only are these show hosts gaining popularity, they are also everywhere....the radio...publishing books...being interviewed on other talk shows. It shows me whether the news is interesting or not that will be entertained.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A very good post, nice illustrations and a great opening quote.

The line between news and entertainment programming has blurred. The production values of the modern news show are incredible. This means that the presentation of war images has also become a part of this stylized progamming.

The role of influential talk show hosts has been growing recently. Their power to persuade and influence millions of Americans should not be underestimated. The recent flap over Don Imus's remarks illustrates the weight that many Americans give to such programming. What happens when millions of Americans receive their primary news through these kinds of talk shows? Can powerful instutions influence the content of these talk shows? Or are these hosts independent opinion leaders?

4/16/2007 9:10 PM  

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