Alternative and mainstream media : the converging spectrum by Linda Jean Kenix

By Linda Jean Kenix

Alternative media have traditionally been a critical strength in social switch. Kenix argues, in spite of the fact that, that they don't uniformly subvert the hierarchies of entry that experience continuously been basic to mainstream media. in truth, their journalistic norms and workouts have constantly drawn at the specialist criteria of the mainstream. via comparative research Kenix posits the notion of "mainstream" and "alternative" as a false impression arguing that they have regularly existed at the comparable continuum and proceed to converge. Her imaginative and prescient recalibrates the media spectrum.

This publication examines replacement media whereas being cognizant that they're now not located thoroughly open air the ideological mainstream, wearing particular identities excluded from entrenched, elite platforms of energy. the choice media can - and do - build specified 'alternative communications' yet they achieve this alongside a strikingly assorted continuum than hitherto envisaged. Kenix's textual content will tease out alterations and similarities throughout a number of media. Examples can be drawn from the united kingdom, US, Australia and New Zealand.

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However, the overwhelming majority of social movement organizations remain largely powerless in society (Greenwald 1977) given that they fall outside of mainstream media’s norms of inclusion (Wolfsfeld 1997), and they are faced with tight budgetary constraints that hamper their ability for promotion otherwise.

Although it should be said that, in 2004, longitudinal research found definitive improvements in interactivity online over time (Greer & Mensing 2004). The relatively recent arrival of blogs, wikis and other communicative technological advancements, as well as the continued rise and potential competition of citizen journalism, may now be leading mainstream media into a new interactive form of citizen-based news (Paulussen et al. 2007). While the speed of this change is not what media and democracy idealists might have hoped, it is occurring and potentially further signalling a convergence of the media spectrum.

It may be that modern mainstream media are returning to the rousing commentary and citizen engagement in a spirit reminiscent (but perhaps not equal to) Benjamin Franklin’s communication model as a ‘means of instruction’ to ‘prepare the minds of the people for his civic projects’ (Smith 1990: 40, 42). This change in news is by no means complete. There is much research that has shown relatively little interactive reporting, small gains in public communication and only slight attempts at building relationships with readers across many mainstream online news sites (Oblak 2005; Quandt 2008; Rosenberry 2005).

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