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Dominic Boyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451881

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451881.001.0001

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The News Informatic

The News Informatic

Five Reflections on News Journalism and Digital Liberalism

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Dominic Boyer

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DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451881.003.0005

This chapter works towards creating a general portrait of the state of news journalism today. Following Raymond Williams's analysis of the historical transformation of forms of electronic mediation, it offers five reflections on how news journalism has been impacted both by the development and institutionalization of digital communication and information technology, and by the intensified legitimation of late and neoliberal worldviews in the past quarter century. It discusses in particular how the rebalancing of the radial and lateral potentialities of electronic communication with the institutionalization of the Internet and the popularization of mobile telephony has massively impacted and destabilized the mid-twentieth-century regime of news journalism.

Keywords:   news journalism, Raymond Williams, electronic mediation, digital communication, information technology, neoliberal worldviews, radial potentialities, lateral potentialities, mobile telephony

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