The social fact : news and knowledge in a networked world / John P. Wihbey
Book | The MIT Press | 2019
Available at WCTC General Collection (PN4888.S6 W55 2019)

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xxiii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ Journalism teachers lcsh
Occupational/field of activity group: occ University and college faculty members lcdgt
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-285) and index.
Digital networks and democracy's needs -- News, knowledge, and civic virality -- Social facts and contested knowledge -- Understanding media through network science -- Bias in network architectures and platforms -- Data, artificial intelligence, and the news future -- Journalism's new approach to knowledge -- Questions for engaged journalism -- News and democracy: a research guide -- Conclusion fears and solutions.
"While the public believes that journalism remains crucial for democracy, there is a general sense that the news media are performing this role poorly. In The Social Fact, John Wihbey makes the case that journalism can better serve democracy by focusing on ways of fostering social connection. Wihbey explores how the structure of news, information, and knowledge and their flow through society are changing, and he considers ways in which news media can demonstrate the highest possible societal value in the context of these changes. Wihbey examines network science as well as the interplay between information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the structure of knowledge in society. He discusses the underlying patterns that characterize our increasingly networked world of information--with its viral phenomena and whiplash-inducing trends, its extremes and surprises. How can the traditional media world be reconciled with the world of social, peer-to-peer platforms, crowdsourcing, and user-generated content? Wihbey outlines a synthesis for news producers and advocates innovation in approach, form, and purpose. The Social Fact provides a valuable framework for doing audience-engaged media work of many kinds in our networked, hybrid media environment. It will be of interest to all those concerned about the future of news and public affairs." -- Publisher's description
9780262039598 hardcover alkaline paper
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