“Geoffrey Baym is the Jon Stewart of journalism studies,” says Michael X. Delli Carpini, from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. “If you want to see the emerging shape of television journalism, watch The Daily Show. If you want to understand its roots, significance, and potential for invigorating democracy, read From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News.”
From Cronkite to Colbert traces a historical trajectory that begins at the height of the network age and Walter Cronkite’s authoritative CBS Evening News, works its way through the breakdown of mainstream television news as a democratic resource, and ends in our current post-network moment, when the Fourth Estate is being reinvented in the most unlikeliest of places: late-night comedy. More than just a study of broadcast journalism, however, the real target of the book is the sociocultural transformations that are dramatically reshaping patterns of public affairs media and democratic practice in an age of convergence culture, discursive integration and digital instability. “Original and convincing,” suggests the journalism scholar Dan Hallin, “the result is a thought-provoking and important reflection on the transformation of television news and of American political discourse more generally.”
The book is available at university libraries across the country, as well as in the UK and Australia. You can buy the book on Amazon, where it has been one of the sites top-100 books both on government and civics and on television history and criticism. To visit Paradigm Publisher’s site, click here.