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"An exploration of how workers in the U.S. have been invisible for decades because the mainstream news media lost sight of the American working class"--


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"An exploration of how workers in the U.S. have been invisible for decades because the mainstream news media lost sight of the American working class"--

35 review for No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class

  1. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    A clear cut viewpoint on the faltering mid class and the working poor. For decades the cost of living rose but wages remained stagnant. The wealthy became increasingly wealthier at the top 1% while the bottom feeders continued to lose out. Without the local unions, job wages, jobs in general staying local the forgotten have been left behind. I for one know this reality having divorced and losing what little I had upon entering the relationship. I went from being a wife of a spouse who agreed to let m A clear cut viewpoint on the faltering mid class and the working poor. For decades the cost of living rose but wages remained stagnant. The wealthy became increasingly wealthier at the top 1% while the bottom feeders continued to lose out. Without the local unions, job wages, jobs in general staying local the forgotten have been left behind. I for one know this reality having divorced and losing what little I had upon entering the relationship. I went from being a wife of a spouse who agreed to let my career sit idle to raise kids while he earned the income to a divorcee with nothing but the clothes on her back. No home, no income, no assets, no savings and Gone With the Wind as my malignant narcissist so eloquently noted with three kids in tow all minors. We lived off credit while the county courthouse decided to let him do as he seen fit. So it was a failure to pay and failure to appear with 15k arrears while living on credit accumulating 100 k while he skirted the law and hid in woods with temp/grant funded positions. Chasing around for 3 years and settling after 4 attorneys for $1150 per month support which wasn't even enough to pay for housing much less all expenses including raising a family of four. Now the one source of two rcvd is now gone (son's SSI/SSP) upon turning 18 having Vater syndrome and med disabled for rest of life since birth and we are now falling further down rabbit hole and very little I could do as my abuser has parental rights that override my own. Without money you are at the mercy of others just like those now furloughed are finding out. Good luck to anyone who is struggling especially those like self whose health is detiorating rapidly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Viral

    Thanks to Cornell University Press for the free copy at BEA 2019! I really enjoyed this book. It's a unique and thoughtful perspective on why the mainstream media was unable to see the 2016 election results coming, showing how for decades prominent newspapers and media channels have cut back on their coverage of workplace organizing and union efforts, becoming increasingly anti union internally and in their coverage, and prioritizing instead coverage about consumer lifestyle trends and the growin Thanks to Cornell University Press for the free copy at BEA 2019! I really enjoyed this book. It's a unique and thoughtful perspective on why the mainstream media was unable to see the 2016 election results coming, showing how for decades prominent newspapers and media channels have cut back on their coverage of workplace organizing and union efforts, becoming increasingly anti union internally and in their coverage, and prioritizing instead coverage about consumer lifestyle trends and the growing financial sector. In their place rose right wing talk radio as the main way working people informed themselves about politics, which hollowed out this traditionally left wing and progressive demographic. As someone who cares passionately about left organizing and media, and who follows all the labor media he can, this is a great look into why such coverage is limited to small independent media sites like Dissent, In These Times, and Jacobin. Highly reccomend for people looking for a fresh and powerful analysis of the growing reactionary movement in the U.S.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leif

    This is a fantastic book - look, if you're missing communications studies, you're sleeping. Here are the shifts Martin observes: 1) news about labour and the working class disappeared gradually, with the 1970s as a turning point 2) news became corporate and aggregated, with a corresponding neoliberal thrill to profits and a desire to market to the upwardly-aspirational consumer 3) news about labour was replaced by news about personal finance and human interest stories 4) visions of the working classe This is a fantastic book - look, if you're missing communications studies, you're sleeping. Here are the shifts Martin observes: 1) news about labour and the working class disappeared gradually, with the 1970s as a turning point 2) news became corporate and aggregated, with a corresponding neoliberal thrill to profits and a desire to market to the upwardly-aspirational consumer 3) news about labour was replaced by news about personal finance and human interest stories 4) visions of the working classes as citizens were replaced by visions of citizens as consumers 5) the working class, which has always been diverse, was re-conceptualized by politicians as white men 6) THE MESS WE ARE IN THAT YOU CAN PREDICT That's a brief summary, but hey, it's been a few days since I read the book. It is fantastic. Read it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    I was awakened by reading this book, it's not something profound as such because the author focuses on America and the role the media played in the shift of what kind and how they tell stories. What resonated with me is how influential a narrative is and more so if it's told over and over- and while reading this book I could not help but question the shift that's taken place in my country too and more so how technology and the internet has reinforced certain beliefs about the working class and n I was awakened by reading this book, it's not something profound as such because the author focuses on America and the role the media played in the shift of what kind and how they tell stories. What resonated with me is how influential a narrative is and more so if it's told over and over- and while reading this book I could not help but question the shift that's taken place in my country too and more so how technology and the internet has reinforced certain beliefs about the working class and now what we call the middle class. This book is not something you read in one sitting, but rather one that calls for serious reflection and it makes you question your role as the audience in every story you hear and tell. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    I received this book for free, but this review is left of my own accord. First off, Im probably right-center poltically. Libertarian-ish. So know that when I say "I dinged this a star because I almost didnt make it past the first ten minutes of this book because all it did in that time was talk about Trump and that's not what I wanted to read" I dont say that as someone who supports Trump. I really dislike the guy and I didnt vote for him. I just also really dislike Hillary. I say that as someone I received this book for free, but this review is left of my own accord. First off, Im probably right-center poltically. Libertarian-ish. So know that when I say "I dinged this a star because I almost didnt make it past the first ten minutes of this book because all it did in that time was talk about Trump and that's not what I wanted to read" I dont say that as someone who supports Trump. I really dislike the guy and I didnt vote for him. I just also really dislike Hillary. I say that as someone who thinks the introduction of the book should probably be redone to have less complaining about Trump since he isnt the focus of the book. IF YOU ARE A TRUMP SUPPORTER and get discouraged by the first 10ish minutes, keep going. The rest of the book is worth the time it takes to read it. And it isnt all about Trump. In fact, every President (and several hopefuls) from Kennedy on get some attention. As for the actual content of the book, I found it more interesting than I thought I would. And while the author gives information regarding his own life which leads me to believe I probably wouldnt agree with him on a great many things, he does a good job presenting his topic here. As a Christian, straight, white, male millennial, I found this quite interesting and will be recommending it to several people.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book

    Christopher Martin provides a thought provoking study of how the news media’s shift in business strategy has, over time, altered the scope of news coverage. By aggressively soliciting subscribers attractive to big advertisers with new features, the media inadvertently sacrificed its’ commitment to balanced, verified coverage for a mass audience. Martin looks back over the past 60 years to illustrate the effects of this evolution. Using specific examples, Martin shows how this development affecte Christopher Martin provides a thought provoking study of how the news media’s shift in business strategy has, over time, altered the scope of news coverage. By aggressively soliciting subscribers attractive to big advertisers with new features, the media inadvertently sacrificed its’ commitment to balanced, verified coverage for a mass audience. Martin looks back over the past 60 years to illustrate the effects of this evolution. Using specific examples, Martin shows how this development affected the way the media covers the working class. The cases he cites are well-documented and the points he makes are strong and insightful. No Longer Newsworthy provides an enlightened view of how unintended consequences of business decisions often undermine the essence of the enterprise.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Richman

    This was a frustrating read. It feels like the thesis was developed in 1999. It’s solid, but a few references to Trump and some begrudging acknowledgements of the existence of the internet don’t really help this book’s 21st century relevance.

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