The World News Prism: Digital, Social and Interactive by William A. Hachten, James F. Scotton

By William A. Hachten, James F. Scotton

Now to be had in an absolutely revised and up to date 9th version, World information Prism provides in-depth research of the altering function of transnational information media within the 21st-century.

  • Includes 3 new chapters on Russia, Brazil, and India and a revised bankruptcy at the center East written by way of neighborhood media experts
  • Features finished insurance of the becoming impression of social media on how information is being stated and received
  • Charts the media revolutions taking place during the global and examines their results either in the neighborhood and globally
  • Surveys the most recent advancements in new media and forecasts destiny developments

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Finally, in West Africa a deadly Ebola epidemic spread rapidly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, killing hundreds and threatening thousands more. Yet another less apparent series of technological changes in communication has both facilitated and disrupted the traditional news media and the many publics or audiences for serious news and commentary throughout the world. The digital media – the Internet, personal computers, email, cellphones, bloggers and social websites such as Twitter and Facebook – have all encroached on or modified the journalism long practiced by the traditional newspapers, magazines, news agencies and TV and radio organizations that historically reported what was happening in the world.

Globalization is an inexact expression for a wide array of worldwide changes in politics, business and trade, lifestyles and culture, and above all communication. International communication in general has been affected by world events as it has continued to expand its reach. International broadcasting has become less propagandistic and more informative and entertainment-minded. New independent and outspoken publications and broadcast outlets have sprouted like mushrooms in spring, Communication satellites transmitting news and pop culture have proliferated and media audiences have greatly expanded, especially in China and India.

For example, when US television shows stark pictures of starving Somali mothers and children, American public opinion becomes concerned, and the White House watches, hesitates, and then sends in the military to help feed the starving and keep the peace. A few months later, a dozen American soldiers are killed in an ambush in Somalia. The US public is outraged at seeing on television the body of an American soldier dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Soon, the White House announces that troops will be withdrawn.

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