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'A refreshing attack on the neuroses of news gathering ...these anxieties have never been expressed more intelligently and forcefully than in Bourdieu's book. It should be on the reading list not just of every journalist, but of everybody on the receiving end of the media.' The Guardian 'I recommend Bourdieu's lively book.' John Pilger 'As much an urgent 'intervention' as a magisterial argument: Bourdieu uses persuasion and polemic to alert his readers to a danger, and to convince them to resist. ' Le Monde A corruscating attack on television - and on the 'collaboration' between intellectuals and the media which, Bourdieu argues, is leading to new and more invidious forms of dumbing down. Bourdieu examines the way in which apparently serious TV debate gives way to soundbite, as a series of talking 'experts' go through the motions of comment and consideration in increasingly self-referential circles. The result: banal and worthless drivel, shaped almost entirely by the imperatives of television ratings wars rather than any consideration of the truth. Television, Bourdieu claims, has now had a profound and largely detrimental effect not just on journalism, but on the formerly very separate worlds of art, literature, philosophy, politics, justice and even science - all of which are in danger of being forced to submit to what he describes as the 'commercial plebiscite' of audience ratings.
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This is a compelling, behind-the-screen investigation into the politics of television broadcasting, revealing the unregulated mechanisms of censorship and control that lie behind the decisions to create and air programmes. Bourdieu persuades us that while television has become the most important and easily manipulative of all media, it is sullied with commercial and political concerns that have nothing to do with the interests of the viewers. He offers a blueprint for change which would involve a conscious control of the mechanisms of programming. (Kirkus UK)
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