By Neil Henry

In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the predicament dealing with specialist journalism during this period of swift technological transformation. American Carnival combines parts of memoir with broad media study to discover severe modern matters starting from reporting at the Iraq warfare, to American race family members, to the exploitation of a twin of journalism through advertisers and politicians. Drawing on major currents in U.S. media and social background, Henry argues that, given the quantity of fraud in lots of associations in American existence this present day, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked through the industrial problem of latest Media poses particularly critical implications for democracy. As more and more alarming tales floor approximately unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that's very important to a unfastened society, a occupation that's extra useful than ever in a electronic age marked via startling attacks at the cultural primacy of truth.

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But isn’t the point here also that—I mean, this cover— this is Martha Stewart I’m looking at. It’s not an artist’s rendering of Martha Stewart; it’s a picture of Martha Stewart, which is somehow more—it conveys a sense of greater objectivity than a painting. Yes, and—I mean, I’m not going to try and say that there’s no gray area here because, of course, the joke is richer. But in fact, without the intention to deceive, which we clearly—I mean, we could not have been more explicit about how we labeled this .

In athletics, fans have hardly been able to tell who is genuinely skilled as a baseball slugger or a track and field sprinter or a Tour de France cyclist and who is instead merely dependent on American Carnival 33 performance-enhancing chemicals. Enigmatic, deceptive expressions like “plausibly live” and “virtual reality” have become integral to our cultural lexicon, all aimed at convincing us that fiction is just another version of truth. In our academies, even leading scholars such as Stephen F.

She recalled that the only time she’d heard PR discussed in journalism school was in a generalized con- 26 American Carnival struct, with journalists as gatekeepers of truth and PR as simply an entity to avoid. “But that isn’t reality,” she continued. “The truth is that sophisticated public relations professionals guard almost every beat— from politics to business to entertainment—and rarely can you truly circumvent them. ” In addition, some young journalists express deep disenchantment over what they view as growing indifference by the news industry to the longterm goal of hiring newsroom staff who reflect the full range of intellectual, political, gender, and racial diversity in American society.

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