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SMC315 Election

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Jennifer Harris

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Monday, October 3, 2011
people as prisoners of narrative
narrative as articulating expression into coherent storyline
no real news in election campaigns
most news targeted to political junkies (minority)
journalists trying to prove how “knowing” they are, “insider”
“inside the room”
relationship between politicians, journalists, reporters, opinion writers
coverage erratic, superficial, disconnected from one another
trapped in model encouraging poor journalism
before time of twitter, journalists in leaders’ planes wrapped in bubble with each other
and least informed
essential that people are informed
election campaign not a place to talk about public policy
Campbell (Prime Minister of 25 min?) did
balancing act of injecting issues public should know and want to know
nothing matters if youre not read; duty of journalist is to be read
twitter: gathering intelligence of how to be perceived, “trends”
information overload
mass media in decline?
there was once a period where CBC was a common and important aspect in peoples’
political parties focusing on swingboat generation; not targeting non-voting
advocacy advertisements
political parties don’t advertise in newspapers anymore but on websites
have decided to move online rather than print medium
internet, recession
fragmentation: sound bad but really people are gaining more equality and information
way news reach millennia generation is drastically different
easier to break through mainstream media
power of bloggers
i.e “uncovering” truth
Rwanda Genocide
if victims had access to mass media/social media, situation would have been
flourishing of violent “democratic” journalism
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