The Media We Deserve

David Salter
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The Media We Deserve
The Media We Deserve

Published

1 August 2007

ISBN

9780522854206

Weight

422g

Size

236mm x 162mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Media We Deserve

David Salter
The Media We Deserve is about the major entities of the Australian media, their roles and influence in our lives and the issues of journalistic practice that shape their content.
Australia is fortunate to have media that are generally competent and occasionally very good indeed. But the print and broadcast material we consume every day can also be perverse, shallow, illogical, infuriatingly opportunistic, crassly commercial, insufferably pretentious and rarely witty.We hold journalists in particular contempt and believe they deal in prefabricated versions of reality - false assumptions of habitual values rather than open-minded observation. It's a unique form of media-manufactured mediocrity.The public distrusts their media but continue to use them. They have little choice. We get The Media We Deserve.
Australia is fortunate to have media that are generally competent and occasionally very good indeed. But the print and broadcast material we consume every day can also be perverse, shallow, illogical, infuriatingly opportunistic, crassly commercial, insufferably pretentious and rarely witty.We hold journalists in particular contempt and believe they deal in prefabricated versions of reality - false assumptions of habitual values rather than open-minded observation. It's a unique form of media-manufactured mediocrity.The public distrusts their media but continue to use them. They have little choice. We get The Media We Deserve.

About the author

David Salter is one of Australia's most respected independent journalists and television producers. He was Executive Producer of ABC TV's Media Watch program, and writes regularly on media affairs.

About David Salter

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