Journalists as Agents of Cultural Change: From Rationality Back to Nature

TitleJournalists as Agents of Cultural Change: From Rationality Back to Nature
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAlbin, R
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Volume21
Issue2
Pagination265-274
Date PublishedFall2007
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
KeywordsCOMMUNICATION , Emotions , JOURNALISM , LANGUAGE , Mass , SENSATIONALISM
AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which journalism--print and electronic--shapes our cultural fabric and modes of discourse. Journalists report facts and comment on them in a provocative style. They stimulate us with captivating images and colorful language, shifting our minds from a more intellectual contemplation of reality. Finally, journalists bring death into our lives through grim pictures of wars and natural disasters. I suggest that these relatively recent trends in journalism are responsible for a gradual transformation in public discourse. Emotions, rather than rational thinking, are becoming our basis for understanding current events. 
NotesAlbin, Robert 1; Affiliation: 1: Sapir College; Source Info: Fall2007, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p265; Subject Term: JOURNALISM -- Social aspects; Subject Term: MASS media & culture; Subject Term: COMMUNICATION & culture; Subject Term: LANGUAGE & culture; Subject Term: SENSATIONALISM in journalism; Subject Term: EMOTIONS (Psychology) & cognition; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.5840/ijap200721210

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