Editors seek papers for a proposed anthology that will examine the impact of infotainment on news, politics, and public discourse. Papers from all methodological perspectives welcome. All topics and facets of infotainment considered:
•Analysis of infotainment discourse in Newsweek, Time, and other magazines with a mission to inform.
•Industry histories of pioneering infotainment texts such as Entertainment Tonight or George magazine.
•Scholarship exploring infotainment discourse found on the Web (The Smoking Gun, TMZ, YouTube or other such sites).
•Essays that re-examine theorists (Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman) whose work foreshadowed societal immersion in infotainment.
•Political economy scholarship which documents the impact media deregulation has had on news content and the erosion of the fourth estate.
•Journalism scholarship that traces how issues of credibility and trust are compromised when newscasts abandon core journalism principles for infotainment.
•Papers that consider whether the values of infotainment and soft journalism are becoming the values by which all news is judged.
•Analysis of infotainment discourse (The Daily Show, The Colbert Report) that elicits viewer involvement and encourages critical thinking.
Submit a 250-350 word abstract via email no later than September 15.
Dr. Michael Meadows
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-670-4451 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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