Sensationalism In Media

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Sensationalism in the news stories and journalistic content mostly available in terms of content regarding crime, violence, natural disaster, fires and accidents (Adams, 1978; Slattery & Hakanen, 1994). There are number of scholarly definitions and explanations about sensationalism which further stresses upon the various effects on the human sensory system. The sensationalism and its concept have a notable potential to be attention grabbing and emotionally arousing. When using sensationalism there are many aims and goals which vary from person to person and from one situation to another. However certain type of message content is expected to automatically bring out the desired responses from every human and a result may be considered sensational…show more content…
Carl Bernstein characterizes this vast public debate and he refers is to be a kind of news which is “sewer “which entails an “idiotic culture” (Bernstein, 1992). There is has been a loss of trust in media organizations and this has raised a recent challenge for the media houses (Quandt, 2011). This mistrust has been increased in recent years due to tabolization and sensationalism (Connell, 1998). The advancement in technological and communication sources had a great impact on the notion of privacy (Fairfield & Shtein, 2014), this discussion has sparked new discussions on the ethical perspectives of the media sectors. Many individual events happened over the past year such as the “News of the World phone hacking scandal” have raised many questions and concerns regarding the power of corporate media houses (Wring, 2012). Several other newer media have been confronted with ethical dilemmas such as the decision of Google to censor serves in China (O’Rourke, Harris, & Ogilvy, 2007). Today’s media domain is characterized by the over concentration of media ownership and market driven media production (Adams-Bloom & Cleary, 2009; Stern, 2008; SustainAbility, UNEP, & Ketchum,…show more content…
There are many theoretical and analytical complications and complexities involved in market driven journalism. It is difficult to identify the major players of the market which sometimes involves illogical and random decisions (Albarran, 1996). The measurement and conceptualization of quality is a problematic task, which can be sometimes accomplished according to many feasible and arbitrary criteria (McQuail, 1992; Schatz & Schulz, 1992). Despite the developments since any regulation or self regulation can be a daunting task and thus it can be interpreted as a threat to a free media (Christians & Nordenstreng, 2004; Pickard, 2010). There are many underlying complexities involved in the working of a media organization and the production of journalistic content but also act as independent businesses and also use power as economic entities (Richards, 2004). The concept of social responsibility by Media and press is not a newly born concept and can be found in the literature of early 1940s (McIntyre, 1987). The phenomena of social responsibility by media sector is to protect and preserve the journalistic and democratic ideals such as conducting truthful, trustworthy, comprehensive, safeguarding individual privacy and distinguishing between ideals and commercial objectives (Commission on Freedom of the Press, 1947;Peterson,

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