By Kevin Howley

Combining unique learn with comparative and theoretical research, Kevin Howley examines a couple of various group media reminiscent of radio, tv, and print media, and appears on the approach they impression at the lives of these who produce and eat them. He additionally addresses broader theoretical and philosophical concerns similar to the half group media can play in selling participatory democracy and giving the socially and economically deprived entry to the general public sphere.

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Historical specificity and structural analysis) and in the absence of alternative information sources. As a result, the formation of public opinion in the United States is largely dependent upon the way in which government and corporate elites frame an issue and set the terms of a debate, if it could even be described as such (Chomsky 1989; Entman 1993). This same dynamic has been observed in other national and discursive contexts as well (Cohen and Wolfsfeld 1993; Hall, et al. 1978; Semetko and Valkenburg 2000).

Furthermore, by making communication technologies accessible to those whose voices and perspectives are either marginalized by or misrepresented in mainstream media, the IMCs decentralize and diversify cultural production. Finally, by recording and preserving local cultural histories, such as political demonstrations and popular uprisings like those in Seattle, the IMCs offset the historical amnesia engendered by nationalist, state-run, and commercially supported media industries. In so doing, the IMCs advance the cause of social and economic justice locally as well as globally, and help promote a sense of belonging and solidarity within and between geographic communities.

A third news frame, and one that colored subsequent press coverage of similar direct action campaigns, focused on the destruction of private property and violence in the streets. The contemptuous tone and alarmist quality of these stories represent a willful and purposeful distortion of the conduct of the demonstration, the legitimacy of the protesters, and the validity of their concerns. The lead paragraph from an article appearing in Newsweek magazine – a USbased general interest publication with a nationwide circulation of over three million that also publishes several international editions – typifies mainstream press accounts of the WTO protests: The nose-ringed woman in the thick knit poncho looked admiringly at the twisted letters on the marquee of the Nike Store.

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