Morris, John L. Books
About the author: John L. “Jack” Morris, associate professor of journalism at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, earned his PhD in journalism at the University of Missouri. Before teaching, he worked for nine years as a reporter and editor in Kansas and Colorado. He has won several awards for both teaching and journalism.1993 0-7734-9325-5
These essays explore the nature and effect of differing categories of stereotype: racial, social, sexual, class media, cultural, etc. Essays examine how best-selling novels gain their effect from the use of stereotyping of the Negro and Jew; the way in which women in Victorian England were expected to be seen; the use of working-class stereotypes; how literature and other cultural productions portray people and situations in terms of the media even to the extent of their being reduced to electronically projected images representative of the accelerating standardization and mechanization of mass society.2002 0-7734-7308-4
What emerges from this study is a greatly complicated and enriched picture of the roles journalists play in our ever more complex, media-saturated world. The first chapters show that the terms World Wide Web, symbolic interaction, social construction of media, and convergence of meaning name current American social, psychological, epistemological and political movements that revolve around the interactive construction process of knowledge rather than the one-way delivery that characterizes traditional journalism. The middle chapters discuss research where nearly 200 reporters and news consumers were surveyed. The final chapter presents conclusions about the attitudes of journalists and their audiences.