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News as entertainment : the rise of global infotainment / Daya Kishan Thussu.


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Thussu, Daya Kishan.
Publication date:
Los Angeles : Sage Publications, 2007.
  • Book
  • ix, 214 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [180]-201) and index.
  • The Evolution of Infotainment List of table and figures About the Author Introduction The evolution of Infotainment The infrastructure for global infotainment Global circulation of 24/7 infotainment Indian infotainment the Bollywoodization of TV news War as infotainment Infotainment and 'neo-liberal imperialism' A global infotainment sphere? References Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
'Thussu brings to this project the passion for news of a socially committed former journalist, the political economy of his international relations education and a formidable assembly of global detail, examining the recent explosion of 'infotainment'." - John Downing, Southern Illinois University. "Thussu's account of war as infotainment, the Bollywoodization of news and the emergence of a global infotainment sphere, is as compelling as it is alarming. This is a significant and essential book for anyone interested in exploring the connections between news journalism, informed citizenship and democracy." - Bob Franklin, The Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.Richly detailed and empirically grounded, this first book-length study of infotainment and its globalization by a leading scholar of global communication, offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of this emerging phenomenon. Going beyond - both geographically and theoretically - the 'dumbing down' discourse, largely confined to the Anglo-American media, the book argues that infotainment may have an important ideological role, a diversion in which 'soft news' masks the hard realities of neo-liberal imperialism.The chapters include a historical appraisal of infotainment; the infrastructure for its globalization as well as coverage of recent wars on television news as high-tech infotainment and the growing synergies between Hollywood and Bollywood-originated infotainment. A 'global infotainment sphere' is emerging, the book argues, within which competing versions of news - from 24/7 news networks to bloggers - coexist. Accessible, engagingly written and robustly argued, the book combines analyses of theoretical debates on infotainment with extensive and up-to-date comparative data.
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