Unchained reaction

  title={Unchained reaction},
  author={Bruce A. Williams and Michael X. Delli Carpini},
  pages={61 - 85}
In this article we use the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal to illustrate a fundamental change in the contemporary American media environment: the virtual elimination of the gatekeeping role of the mainstream press. The new media environment, by providing virtually unlimited sources of political information (although these sources do not provide anything like an unlimited number of perspectives), undermines the idea that there are discrete gates through which political information passes: if there are… 

The uses of satire: Unorthodox news, cultural chaos and the interrogation of power

This article focuses on the satirical Australian show The Chaser’s War on Everything, and uses it to critically assess the potential political and social ramifications of what McNair (2006) has

Monica Lewinsky and Shame

This study examines mainstream newspaper coverage of Monica Lewinsky in 1998, the year her relationship with President Bill Clinton came to public light. It highlights how a private citizen became a

EXISTENTIALIST A normative emphasis for journalists in a new media environment

In an open and virtually boundless media environment, old responses to the question of who is a journalist, based primarily on roles associated with the process of gathering and disseminating

Egalitarians at the gate: one-sided gatekeeping practices in social media

It is demonstrated that elite users fulfill a unique gatekeeping role that permits them to leverage their community position to block the promotion of inappropriate items, but these elite users are unable to promote their supported news items more effectively than other types of editors.

Best Practices for Journalistic Balance: Gatekeeping, Imbalance and the Fake News Era

ABSTRACT The concepts of balance and fairness are considered pillars for ethical journalism. However, balance is not clearly defined within the working profession, and more importantly, the


In an open and virtually boundless media environment, old responses to the question of who is a journalist, based primarily on roles associated with the process of gathering and disseminating


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A number of scholars have argued that the daily chroniclers and pamphleteers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries can be regarded as the first citizen journalists; Michael Schudson, for

When the Gates Swing Open: Examining Network Gatekeeping in a Social Media Setting

This study draws on the concept of network gatekeeping to examine the ways in which organizations have adapted the processes of gatekeeping to respond to the collaborative, communicative power of

Media Fragmentation, Party System, and Democracy

This paper discusses the possible consequences of mass media fragmentation over the structure and the functioning of democracy. Media fragmentation and audience segmentation are not new but they


This study of local British newspaper journalists focuses on three aspects of entrenched newsroom culture—news values and norms, work routines and outputs, and occupational roles—to explore the



The uncensored war

It has come to be widely accepted across the political spectrum that the relation between the media and the government during Vietnam was one of conflict: The media contradicted the more positive

On Television and Journalism

This volume is an attack on television - and on the "collaboration" between intellectuals and the media which, Bordieu argues, is leading to new and more invidious forms of dumbing down. He examines

Media matters.

The impact of the mass media on woman's status was addressed at two 1995 conferences: the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Congress of the World Association for Christian Communication, held in Puebla, Mexico.

Is anyone responsible? How television frames political issues.

A disturbingly cautionary tale, "Is Anyone Responsible?" anchors with powerful evidence suspicions about the way in which television has impoverished political discourse in the United States and at

Meta-Imaging, The War Room, and the Hyperreality of U.S. Politics

This essay explores a new form of political communication, the meta-image, or the communicative act whereby political campaigns and their chroniclers publicly display and foreground the art and

Democratic Theory and Public Opinion

Public opinion research has sometimes been Mr. Berelson's interest in this topic has deneglectful of both the political content of its veloped out of, and is expressed in, the Elmira data and the

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

C A P I T A L IS M and socialism are generally taken to be irreconcilable opposites, and the conflict between their adherents has seemed so intense as to threaten the survival of the human species.

News, the politics of illusion

(Each chapter ends with a Notes section.) 1. An Introduction to the News About People, Society, and Politics. Why Blaming Journalists Misses the Point. Inside the American News System. The Puzzling

Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story

Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story. Michael Isikoff. New York, NY: Crown, 1999. 402 pp. $25 hbk. The book jacket blurb on Michael Isikoff's unseemly story of presidential philandering calls

Democracy, Dialogue, and Environmental Disputes: The Contested Languages of Social Regulation

This text addresses the conundrum of environmental regulation by tracing its source to the competing characterizations of regulatory legitimacy that have accompanied the growth of the American state.