What Is Happening to News

What Is Happening to News

The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism

Book - 2010
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Across America, newspapers that have defined their cities for over a century are rapidly failing, their circulations plummeting even as opinion-soaked web outlets like the Huffington Post thrive. Meanwhile, nightly news programs shock viewers with stories of horrific crime and celebrity scandal, while the smug sarcasm and shouting of pundits like Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann dominate cable television. Is it any wonder that young people are turning away from the news entirely, trusting comedians like Jon Stewart as their primary source of information on current events?

In the face of all the problems plaguing serious news, What Is Happening to News explores the crucial question of how journalism lost its way--and who is responsible for the ragged retreat from its great traditions. Veteran editor and newspaperman Jack Fuller locates the surprising sources of change where no one has thought to look before: in the collision between a revolutionary new information age and a human brain that is still wired for the threats faced by our prehistoric ancestors. Drawing on the dramatic recent discoveries of neuroscience, Fuller explains why the information overload of contemporary life makes us dramatically more receptive to sensational news, while rendering the staid, objective voice of standard journalism ineffective. Throw in a growing distrust of experts and authority, ably capitalized on by blogs and other interactive media, and the result is a toxic mix that threatens to prove fatal to journalism as we know it.

For every reader troubled by what has become of news--and worried about what the future may hold-- What Is Happening to News not only offers unprecedented insight into the causes of change but also clear guidance, strongly rooted in the precepts of ethical journalism, on how journalists can adapt to this new environment while still providing the information necessary to a functioning democracy.

Publisher: Chicago :, University of Chicago Press,, 2010.
ISBN: 9780226268989
Branch Call Number: 070.4 FU
Characteristics: xiii, 214 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 12, 2015

This book and author are both farces - - sorry, but why state anything other than the truth [I'm not a reporter, you see]? This guy infers there was once this mystical thing called // journalism \\ and yet, not a single reporter could tell us about Dick Cheney's sudden $100 million increase in wealth shortly after 9/11; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us that Geo. W. Bush only went through ENLISTED basic training, never qualifying as either an officer nor pilot; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us of the Bretton Woods Committee lobbying of the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader to water down the // Buy American \\ clause of the Federal Stimulus package; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us of all the family connections of Valerie Schulte [so-called mystery witness to the Bobby Kennedy assassination] to the classified section of Lockheed where Eugene Thane Cesar, the security guard on duty that night, worked; and
yet not a single reporter could tell us confirmed photo sighting and evidence of the CIA's Lucien Conein in Dallas on the day of JFK's assassination, along with Gen. Lansdale, neither of whom was supposed to be there; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us that Ruth Paine's sister and brother-in-law worked for the CIA [Ruth and Michael Paine rented the living space to Lee Oswald and family]; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us that the previous FBI director, Robert Mueller III, was the grandnephew of Richard Bissell, one of the three top CIA directors fired by President Kennedy [and Mueller's wife's family name is Cabell, and the other of the three was Gen. Cabell, with his brother Earl Cabell the mayor of Dallas that day]; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us D.J. Gribbin IV is Dick Cheney's godson; and
. . . yet not a single reporter could tell us that on 9/11/01, the auditing team which uncovered the unaccounted for $2.3 trillion in missing DoD funds was almost completely wiped out; and
. . . . [Yes, there were some outrageously brave real journalists, like Larry Stern of the WaPo, who mentioned to several close colleagues that he believed he had solve the JFK assassination, and was going to start writing a book on his vacation to Marth's Vineyard, where he died a most suspicious death /// and Dorothy Kilgallen, who was the last person to interview Jack Ruby in jail, and mentioned to several she was going to write the story of the century, but was reported to have then committed suicide, although the medical report clearly stated poison residue was found on her martini glass; and Gary Webb, whose life was destroyed by the sleazy newsies who don't report the news, after his story in the smuggling of drugs into the inner city neighborhoods, via the CIA.]


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