"HOW TO WATCH TV NEWS."
Discusses the 1992 book of television journalism. The book as a frame of reference for critical thinking about mass-market merchandising of presenting information to the public. The issue of whether much of the information is of news value, or just entertainment value. Contention of the authors that TV news is not good. Danger of viewers believing they are becoming reliably informed.
The big picture of How to Watch TV News is that it is a frame of reference for critical thinking about television journalism, or, more generally,... more
The big picture of How to Watch TV News is that it is a frame of reference for critical thinking about television journalism, or, more generally, mass-market merchandising of the presentation to the public of information that is called--but is not necessarily--news. Taking as its starting point the fact that access to news means, or more exactly is widely believed to mean, access to informed perspective on what is important to understand about the culture, the political environment, and the status of social and personal well-being, How to Watch takes the view that the form (usually) and content (frequently) of television journalism increasingly tend toward having entertainment rather than information value. The result is that television news is performance masquerading as presentation. And in consequence, argue the authors, the news (so to speak) is not good.