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Mister Pulitzer and the SpiderModern News from Realism to the Digital$
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Kevin G. Barnhurst

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040184

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040184.001.0001

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Online News Reverted to Sense-Making

Online News Reverted to Sense-Making

(p.191) Chapter 18 Online News Reverted to Sense-Making
Mister Pulitzer and the Spider

Kevin G. Barnhurst

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses news practice in interactive media. Instead of delivering hard-to-get news, reporters seem like just another supplier of opinion among many competing on legacy media—cable outlets, talk radio, and comedy newscasts—and online. Instead of off-stage observers in search of reality, editors seem to play on-stage roles making social knowledge. The persistent clinging to the idea and markers of realism also disguised the growing modernism of U.S. news, which was losing the advantage that realism once provided. The modern vision of news never quite reflected public intelligence or engagement with news media from the Progressive Era to the crowd-sourcing era. Somehow the social definition of the situation made a world that seems less welcoming to modern news even as blogs and reader comments join in interpreting it.

Keywords:   news reporting, online news, interactive media, news practice, modernism, reaslism

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