Introduction: When More Becomes Less

Pablo J. Boczkowski

in News at Work

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226062792
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226062785 | DOI:
Introduction: When More Becomes Less

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This chapter presents an introduction to print and news media and other alternative platforms for news production and distribution on the Web and citizen media sites. It describes two leading online news organizations of Argentina, Clarí and It discusses consumption of news at work and what the homogenization of news mean to consumers. The rise of homogenization in the news has led to a state of affairs that neither journalists nor consumers like but feel powerless to alter. This spiral of sameness and powerlessness has important cultural and political implications. It relies on a research design that combines ethnographic and content-analytic studies of the production practices of journalists, the resulting news stories, and how consumers appropriate these stories. Unlike most existing scholarship on imitation, this design overcomes the production-product divide that has dominated the literature and includes data on the consumption of the products of imitative activity.

Keywords: news media; print media; news websites; Argentina; homogenization; consumer behavior; consumption; journalists; imitation

Chapter.  5817 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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