The Impact Of Journalism On Culture And Culture

2082 WordsJun 5, 20169 Pages
Although journalism and culture are inextricably related, the nature, degree, and influence of this relationship is difficult to categorize, given its symbiotic nature, and fluctuating parameters. To assert journalism wholly or exhaustively reflects culture would be misrepresentative, as systemic social, political and technological, factors also contribute to cultural definitions. Equally, to say journalism does not impact perceptions of culture would be erroneous, as journalism’s agenda-setting role fundamentally influences the thought citizens assign to cultural factors. Additionally, the fragmented, pluralistic cultural landscape, which is an indication of the prominence of sub-cultures and multiculturalism, dictates relationships between journalism and culture are innately elusive. Realistically, definitions of this relationship can be neither absolute, nor finite, but instead must evolve alongside cultural evolutions, recognising underlying nuances and intricacies. Accordingly, this essay aims to demonstrate that, while journalism does, to some extent, express a culture in which it resides, it does not representatively express the entire culture in which it resides. Instead, cultural expressions overwhelmingly reinforce dominant, male-centric corporate cultures, from which journalism benefits, and to which it contributes. Thus, rather than wholly expressing cultures, journalism often undermines or underrepresents marginalised, fringe sub-cultures, thereby expressing
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