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“An outstanding intervention in contemporary debates about the emancipatory potential of the new media landscape. While “power to the people” may be the rallying cry in an age of blogging, Web 2.0 interactivity, and reality TV, Turner cautions against confusing the “demotic” with democracy…Ordinary People and the Media is required reading for students and scholars navigating the shifting terrain of media and cultural studies.”

— Serra Tinic, University of Alberta, Canada

The ‘demotic turn’ is a term coined by Graeme Turner to describe the increasing visibility of the ‘ordinary person’ in the media today.

In this dynamic and insightful book he explores the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the ‘everyday’ individual's willingness to turn themselves into media content through:

  • Celebrity culture
  • Reality TV
  • DIY websites
  • Talk radio
  • User-generated materials online

Analyzing the pervasiveness of celebrity culture, this book further develops the idea of the demotic turn as a means of examining the common elements in a range of ‘hot spots’ within media and cultural studies today.

Refuting the proposition that the demotic turn necessarily carries with it a democratizing politics, this book examines its political and cultural function in media production and consumption across many fields – including print and electronic news, current affairs journalism, and citizen and online journalism.

It examines these fields in order to outline a structural shift in what the western media has been doing lately, and to suggest that these media activities represent something much more fundamental than contemporary media fashion.

The Entertainment Age: The Media and Consumption Today
The entertainment age: The media and consumption today
The Entertainment Age

We have become accustomed to the routine application of the phrase, the ‘information society’, to describe the current era (even though the origins of the phrase can be traced back to at least the 1920s). We are also told that we are living in an ‘information age’, in which our access to information is unprecedented, and accelerating, as it drives social, organizational and economic change. The related claim that we are also living in a digitally-driven ‘network society’ (Castells, 2000) is also familiar, and these days rarely problematized when the concept crops up in mainstream journalism, public policy documents, and cultural and economic commentary. At the most literal ...

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