Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 3, Discussion Question 8, Casey Coulson

In "Values in the News" Gans mentions eight enduring values in the news (ethnocentrism, altruistic democracy, responsible capitalism, small-town pastoralism, individualism, moderatism, social order), which two have you noticed the most when you consume news? After reading did you begin to notice the effects of these values in news you have seen/read in the past?

For example, the value I have noticed the most in the recent news is altruistic democracy. The recent conflicts in Syria have lead many news broadcasts, but many of them lead with how the conflict will affect America and how the American government will respond, rather than leading with how the conflict is unfolding in Syria. I have also noticed moderatism in the news, as a minority in various areas I see how often times there is no "middle" and the lack of nuance when describing issues with certain groups of people. I had never even considered small-town pastoralism when watching the news, but now I recognize it's effects when natural disasters hit small towns, the way the towns are described and how it is mentioned that they are a "small town, tight knit community" that will rally together to recover.

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