Media Studies: Thinking About Media Through Quotes


While the way in which the media handle the stories that are covered is bad enough, the absence of coverage is even worse.
George Monbiot, The Guardian, January 20, 2015

If radio news is to be regarded as a commodity, only acceptable when saleable, then I don’t care what you call it – I say it isn’t news.
Edward R. Murrow, Speech to Radio-Television News Directors Association, 1958

The TV set is the Colosseum and the contestants are both gladiators and lions; their job is to eat one another until only one remains alive. But how long, in our jaded culture, before “real” lions, actual dangers, are introduced to these various forms of fantasy island, to feed our hunger for more action, more pain, more vicarious thrills?
Salman Rushdie, The Guardian, June 9, 2011

I see the reality show as the new opium of the masses.
Fay Weldon

New forms of media have always caused moral panics: the printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers’ brainpower and moral fiber.
Steven Pinker, The New York Times, June 10, 2010

Why have socially conscious songs become a thing of the past?… As long as British musicians lack political motivation, surely we will get the governments we deserve.
Cian Ciarán,  The Guardian, March 9, 2015

Social media has allowed potential narcissists to relentlessly indulge their need to display themselves for our attention and adoration.
Carol Hunt, Independent I.E., March 9, 2015

Independent-minded bloggers are totally different from the press… As soon as you get in with the press you’re compromised.
Tim Fenton, The Guardian, March 8, 2015

The fear of missing out means today’s media, more than ever before, hunts in a pack. In these modes it is like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits.
Tony Blair

If you are trying to start a revolution, you drive a tank to the TV station, not to the houses of novelists … Writers mean nothing!
Alain de Botton

Where once journalists were active gatherers of news, now they have generally become mere passive processors of unchecked, second-hand material, much of it contrived by PR to serve some political or commercial interest. Not journalists, but churnalists. An industry whose primary task is to filter out falsehood has become so vulnerable to manipulation that it is now involved in the mass production of falsehood, distortion and propaganda.
Nick Davies, The Guardian, February 4, 2008

War reporting is like any kind of reporting. Journalists come in all shapes and sizes. Some are just interested in the bombs and the bullets, some in the social-cultural-political aspects of war, some want to cover the human cost of war.
Lyse Doucet, The Guardian, March 1, 2015

Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry, brightest.
Oscars 2015 Host Neil Patrick, The Mirror, February 23, 2015

The period detail [in Downton Abbey] is impeccable but the series is a far cry from the brutal reality of upper-class attitudes.
Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, December 22 2014

Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this… It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.
Jennifer Lawrence on her photo hacking, Vanity Fair, October 8, 2014

Grappling with how the government protects the American people from adverse events while at the same time making sure that government itself is not abusing its capabilities is hard… The cyber world is sort of the wild, Wild West, and to some degree we’re asked to be the sheriff.
Barack Obama, The Telegraph, February 13, 2015

Unrestrained, unregulated government spying… is the antithesis of the rule of law and government must be held accountable for their actions.
Eric King, Privacy International, BBC News, June 24, 2014

George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case with Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three person UN commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza strip… so tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.
Tina Fey, Golden Globes 2015, The Telegraph, January 12, 2015


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