13. Watching and Listening

  1. Jane L. Chapman and
  2. Nick Nuttall

Published Online: 15 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch13

Journalism Today: A Themed History

Journalism Today: A Themed History

How to Cite

Chapman, J. L. and Nuttall, N. (2011) Watching and Listening, in Journalism Today: A Themed History, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 5 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179539

Online ISBN: 9781444395372



  • Watching and Listening - private world metamorphosing into an all-pervasive “celebrity culture” reported obsessively in media today;
  • serious readers and cultural critics alike - disliking this “new” journalism;
  • new themes, producing the personal - as the litmus test of popular culture;
  • FactFile, Leo Lowenthal and Celebrity “Idols” - Americans heaping adulation on “idols of production”;
  • participatory culture and “We Media” - newspapers, influence on the modes, public participation in cultural communication;
  • radio, holding, potential for community participation - listener call-ins and Gray becoming known as the “hot mama of Talk Radio”;
  • America, press news values - imprinted on new technologies of radio and television;
  • getting the audience's measure - examination of news media, concluding that audience has moved center stage;
  • Judith Graham, a human development specialist, Studies showing that too much television viewing [by children] - leading to adverse affects;
  • cable television systems and satellite - multichannel, narrowcasting capability to broadcast television


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • FactFile: Leo Lowenthal and Celebrity “Idols”

  • FactFile: Measuring the Audience

  • Résumé: Marshall McLuhan