A good tradition of love and hate

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI:
A good tradition of love and hate

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This chapter presents a discussion of what the public in democratic societies expect journalists to be in the twenty-first century, and what it thought of how they perform those roles. Journalists can be celebrities, idolised for their perceived status and glamour almost as much as rock and movie stars. They can also become too famous, and some notable cinematic representations have satirised the excesses of celebrity journalism. The journalist is a cultural icon surrounded by both love and loathing, resentment and respect, admiration and anger. Hollywood film has been one of the main sources of the representation of journalism in western popular culture. Movies are the central myth-making media of societies. The cultural roles of the moviemaker's are assessed. Movies about journalism are documents of a society's ongoing engagement with this key cultural and political institution. The journalism movie is part of the mythology of American society.

Keywords: journalists; journalism; love; Hollywood film; western popular culture; movies; American society

Chapter.  6076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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