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Television Journalism, Politics and Entertainment: Power and Autonomy in the Field of Television Journalism
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0216-8862
2012 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses two trends in the debates about contemporary television journalism. Firstly, journalism is said to be increasingly subsumed an economic logic, privileging entertainment before serious journalistic practices. Most often this is framed as if entertainment is eating its way into serious journalism, affecting it negatively and thus being detrimental for the political public sphere and political reasoning. Secondly, it is often pointed to a changed relation between journalism and politicians, where the latter have lost some of their power, for example political debates. This paper relates these two trends and argue, against a field model inspired by Bourdieu, that it is not entertainment that is eating its way into journalism, but the other way around: Rather than having been absorbed by entertainment, journalism has differentiated, become more autonomous as a sub-field of cultural production, and has gradually come to dominate both factual and entertainment television.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-22653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-22653DiVA: diva2:704046
Conference
ICA annual conference ”Communication and Community”, Phoenix, USA, 24-28 May, 2012
Note

Published on ICA's website. Access for members only.

Available from: 2014-03-11 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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