Media and Cultural Landscapes: An Analysis od the Media's Informational Role in Serving the Public Sphere

Media and Cultural Landscapes: An Analysis od the Media
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Media and cultural landscapes: An analysis of the media’s informational role in serving the public sphere “All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgarize that society. We can brutalize it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level.” William Bernbach Introduction: The role and influence of the mass media particularly with regard to professional journalism, has seen a dramatic transformation over the years, as is apparent from the promotional tactics applied by them; the endorsing of political as well as personal views which have a major bearing on the political as well as public sphere; and the ability to transform the social structure by un…

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In a nutshell, popular media today has played a key role in bringing about significant changes through their sheer power of sharing and broadcasting information oriented towards the public good (Preston, 2009). This paper aims to discuss, analyze, and understand the informational role of popular media in serving the public sphere. For the purpose of this study, the case of the Occupy Movement, will be studied and discussed briefly. The Occupy Movement: Implications of public sphere and the changing role of the media: The concept of public sphere was first developed by a German sociologist Jurgen Habermas, who defined it as "An arena, independent of government (even if in receipt of state funds) and also enjoying autonomy from partisan economic forces, which is dedicated to rational debate (i.e. to debate and discussion which is not ‘interests’, ‘disguised’ or ‘manipulated’) and which is both accessible to entry and open to inspection by the citizenry. ...
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