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In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the crisis facing professional journalism in this era of rapid technological transformation. American Carnival combines elements of memoir with extensive media research to explore critical contemporary issues ranging from reporting on the Iraq War, to American race relations, to th In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the crisis facing professional journalism in this era of rapid technological transformation. American Carnival combines elements of memoir with extensive media research to explore critical contemporary issues ranging from reporting on the Iraq War, to American race relations, to the exploitation of the image of journalism by advertisers and politicians. Drawing on significant currents in U.S. media and social history, Henry argues that, given the amount of fraud in many institutions in American life today, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked by the economic challenge of New Media poses especially serious implications for democracy. As increasingly alarming stories surface about unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that is vital to a free society, a profession that is more necessary than ever in a digital age marked by startling assaults on the cultural primacy of truth.


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In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the crisis facing professional journalism in this era of rapid technological transformation. American Carnival combines elements of memoir with extensive media research to explore critical contemporary issues ranging from reporting on the Iraq War, to American race relations, to th In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the crisis facing professional journalism in this era of rapid technological transformation. American Carnival combines elements of memoir with extensive media research to explore critical contemporary issues ranging from reporting on the Iraq War, to American race relations, to the exploitation of the image of journalism by advertisers and politicians. Drawing on significant currents in U.S. media and social history, Henry argues that, given the amount of fraud in many institutions in American life today, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked by the economic challenge of New Media poses especially serious implications for democracy. As increasingly alarming stories surface about unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that is vital to a free society, a profession that is more necessary than ever in a digital age marked by startling assaults on the cultural primacy of truth.

38 review for American Carnival: Journalism under Siege in an Age of New Media

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I chose this book to read for a class book report assignment and found it to be one of the most interesting and informative books I've ever read for a class. Henry's use of the American Carnival metaphor was interesting and creative, though it could have been even further developed. He explored a variety of important issues, from the increasing prevalence of advertisements disguised as news, to journalists and civilians alike who use the media as a venue for falsified stories for attention and p I chose this book to read for a class book report assignment and found it to be one of the most interesting and informative books I've ever read for a class. Henry's use of the American Carnival metaphor was interesting and creative, though it could have been even further developed. He explored a variety of important issues, from the increasing prevalence of advertisements disguised as news, to journalists and civilians alike who use the media as a venue for falsified stories for attention and personal gain. I would strongly encourage fellow journalism students and reporters alike to read this book, as Henry also offers valuable input on the role journalism can play in a democratic society and the importance of maintaining high ethical standards in a rapidly changing work field.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Henry gives an interesting overview of the decline of American journalism, but much of his fear about the detrimental growth of new media seems misplaced.

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