Mediated Cosmopolitanism: The World of Television News
June 2010, Polity
Accessibly written, the book will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate and masters students, particularly of media studies, but also of sociology, politics and international relations.
Chapter 1: Nourishing the Cosmopolitan Imagination.
Chapter 2: Reporting the World Back to Itself.
Comparing news coverage to domestic and global publics.
Chapter 3: The Woman with the Samsonite Suitcase.
Journalists, Viewers, and Imagining how it is to be the Other.
Chapter 4: A Wave of Cosmopolitan Sentiment.
Television coverage of the Asian tsunami.
Chapter 5: Old Wars in News Programmes.
Cosmopolitanism, media and memory.
Chapter 6: Brushing Away the Flies.
- Cutting-edge study of the role the media play in helping audiences connect with distant people and places.
- Combines theoretical debates with broad-ranging original data.
- Introduces students and scholars of the media to the growing literature on cosmopolitanism.
- Elegantly written and illustrated with original examples taken from analysis of news reports, interviews with journalists, and engagement with audiences.
European Journal of Communication
"We live in an increasingly interconnected and precarious global age. Today's media have an incredibly important part to play in recognizing how distant others are not so different from ourselves and in imagining how our world should be. Alexa Robertson's Mediated Cosmopolitanism lucidly and impressivley explores the complexities and opportunities involved."
Simon Cottle, Cardiff University
"Most media organisations are cutting budgets for overseas reporting. Yet globalisation is making the world ever more inter-dependent. Robertson's book is a fascinating study of how viewers can 'recognise and identify with the distant Others who populate their television screens'. It is essential reading for practitioners as well as scholars."
James Painter, University of Oxford
"This is a most welcome contribution to the analysis of the place of media discourses within the unfolding process of cultural globalization, and to the literature on cosmopolitanism more generally. This book is a model of organization, which maintains both its focus and its impetus throughout, and which continuously engages the reader with vivid exemplifications of complex moral-cultural debates."
John Tomlinson, Nottingham Trent University
"Alexa Robertson offers a subtle and nuanced account of television news reporting and its audiences, showing how cosmopolitan sentiments are mediated through televisual storytelling and the popular imagination. A must-read book for all those interested in mass media, culture and politics in an epoch of globalization."
Robert Holton, Trinity College Dublin