Mediated Cosmopolitanism

the world of television news

Author
Alexa Robertson

Publisher
Polity

Abstract

Media power in the global era has to do with how people understand the world, their place in it, and their relation to the others who populate it. Making connections with distant places and people is the work of cosmopolitan imagination, which involves seeing the world through the eyes of others. In this book, Robertson engages with the growing literature on cosmopolitanism to address these issues, combining theoretical debates with an innovative empirical portal. Based on the analysis of over 2000 news reports broadcast on national and global channels and interviews with journalists and audience members, Mediated Cosmopolitanism illustrates that the same everyday stories about the world can take on different meanings in different cultures. It argues that if we are to understand how media actors may help people to make the connections that underpin a cosmopolitan outlook, attention must be paid to evidence that some actors may not, and that national broadcasters could be more active agents of cosmopolitanism than global channels.

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Details

  • Type:
    Book (peer reviewed)
  • Published:
    2010
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  • Language:
    English

About the Author

Alexa Robertson

Alexa Robertson is Professor of Media and Communication studies and teaches on the Masters programme at IMS. An historian by training (with a B.A. from Stirling and an M.A. from the L.S.E), she moved to IMS after many years at the Department of Po... Read more

Reference

Robertson, A. (2010). Mediated Cosmopolitanism: the world of television news. Cambridge: Polity.