SMC315 Election

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St. Michael's College Courses
Jennifer Harris

SMC315 Monday, October 3, 2011 • election • 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 you’re 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’
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