COMS 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Joseph Pulitzer, Alvin Ward Gouldner, Michael Schudson

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The emergence of reporting played off against the industrialization of the newspaper. In new york, most papers were direct descendants of the penny press. The world and the journal represented the new journalism : they both chose to be entertaining. The penny press chose to be factual. When telling stories is taken to be the role of the newspaper, journalism has an aesthetic function. Election results, stock market value emphasize the truth value of news . Enjoyability and consummatory value is what is most important for most papers. News serves to create satisfying aesthetic experiences for readers to interpret their own lives and relate them to the nation they belong to. According to mead: previous description of news (above) is the proper function of newspapers, newspaper acts as a guide to living by selecting and framing facts. Alvin gouldner: news is decontextualized communication, all is spelled out, nothing left to implicit or tacit understanding.

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