The Press as Public Educator: Cultures of Understanding, Cultures of Ignorance

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Indiana University Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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The unaccountability of the media as it relates to education is analyzed in this provocative text. Using the 1992 Rio Earth Summit as its primary example, this study examines how the media's responsibility to readers and shareholders can outweigh its liability as a public educator, with detrimental consequences. The argument presented here calls for a movement that would require the media to answer to its general public and recognize its inherent educational responsibilities.

 

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Contents

Rhetoric and Reality
19
Public Opinion and Media Influence in the USA
59
Evidence for Cultures of Understanding
75
The reporting of the earth summit
137
Evidence of newspaper influence on cultures of understanding
161
Educating the public
193
Appendices
207
Bibliography
221
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Colin Lacey is a professor of education at Sussex University. David Longman lectures in education at Sussex University.

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