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Cultural chaos

McNair, B. (2006) Cultural chaos. Routledge. ISBN 0 415339 13 8

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Abstract

Cultural chaos explores the changing relationship between journalism and power in an increasingly globalised news culture. It examines the processes of cultural, geographic and political dissolution which are a feature of the post-Cold War era, in the context of global ideological realignment, rapid evolution in information and communication technologies, and an increasingly anarchic cultural marketplace. It investigates the impact of these trends on domestic and international journalism, and on political processes in democratic and authoritarian societies across the world. It also assesses the implications of these trends for media scholarship. With examples drawn from media coverage of the war on terror and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the London Underground bombings, students and teachers will find in Cultural Chaos an overview of the evolution of the sociology of journalism, a critical review of current sociological thinking within media studies, and an argument for revision and renewal of the paradigms which have dominated the field since the early twentieth century. Separate chapters are devoted to the rise of the blogosphere and satellite television news. Written in a lively and accessible style, Cultural Chaos is essential reading for all those interested in the emerging globalised news culture of the twenty-first century.