This collection of innovative essays sets the agenda for a revitalized debate on the hybrid communicative practices that constitute the (post)modern media landscape and which cross the boundaries between fact and fiction, information and entertainment, public knowledge and popular culture.
In this challenging and provocative collection, the contributors rethink key issues - the meaning of the public interest, the quality of media performance and (de)regulation. In the process they raise topics rarely addressed in normative media theories, for example, the ethics of sports reporting, the moral reasoning in popular culture and the required professional standards for infotainment genres such as reality television and gossip journalism.
Liesbet van Zoonen is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University and Professor of Popular Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work covers the articulation of popular culture and politics, for which she uses a wide range of standard and creative quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Introduction - Liesbet van Zoonen, Joke Hermes and Kees Brants Of Public and Popular Interests THE CLASSIC DEBATE ABOUT MEDIA REGULATION New Technologies and Old Problems - Peter Golding Evaluating and Regulating Media Performance in the `Information Age' Is Broadcasting Policy Becoming Redundant? - Karen Siune Television Programming - Els de Bens More Diversity, More Convergence? Diversity Revisited - Jan van Cuilenburg Towards a Critical Rational Model of Media Diversity IN SEARCH OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST Wrestling with the Public Interest in Organized Communications - Jay Blumler World Communication - Cees J Hamelink Conflicting Aspirations for the 21st Century The Performance of the Sponge - Ien Ang Mass Communication Theory enters the Postmodern World THE ETHICS OF POPULAR JOURNALISM Enhancing the Civic Ideal in Television Journalism - Peter Dahlgren Reality Television and Social Responsibility Theory - Jan Wieten The Ethics of Making Private Life Public - Liesbet van Zoonen Professional Ethics - Kaarle Nordenstreng Between Fortress Journalism and Cosmopolitan Democracy THE POLITICS OF POPULAR CULTURE Stories of Violence and the Public Interest - George Gerbner Sports Reporting - Andrew Tudor Race, Difference and Identity Cultural Citizenship and Popular Fiction - Joke Hermes BACK TO THE FUTURE With the Benefit of Hindsight - Kees Brants Old Nightmares and New Dreams