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By Linda Jean Kenix

Alternative media have traditionally been a crucial strength in social switch. Kenix argues, although, that they don't uniformly subvert the hierarchies of entry that experience continuously been primary to mainstream media. in truth, their journalistic norms and exercises have constantly drawn at the expert criteria of the mainstream. via comparative research Kenix posits the notion of "mainstream" and "alternative" as a false impression arguing that they have got regularly existed at the related continuum and proceed to converge. Her imaginative and prescient recalibrates the media spectrum.

This booklet examines replacement media whereas being cognizant that they're no longer positioned thoroughly outdoors the ideological mainstream, sporting exact identities excluded from entrenched, elite platforms of strength. the choice media can - and do - build designated 'alternative communications' yet they accomplish that alongside a strikingly assorted continuum than hitherto envisaged. Kenix's textual content will tease out adjustments and similarities throughout a number of media. Examples should be drawn from the united kingdom, US, Australia and New Zealand.

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Alternative and mainstream media : the converging spectrum

Replacement media have traditionally been a significant strength in social switch. Kenix argues, although, that they don't uniformly subvert the hierarchies of entry that experience continually been basic to mainstream media. in truth, their journalistic norms and exercises have regularly drawn at the specialist criteria of the mainstream.

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For example, the Guardian paper readership has dropped from 487,000 in 1985 to 365,562 in 2007. However, the online Guardian Unlimited attracts 16 million readers and 147 million page impressions each month (Franklin 2008). Mainstream and alternative newspapers are now taking advantage of the technological capabilities inherent in online communication. In doing so, mainstream newspapers might actually be moving closer to where they first began. Early newspapers were known for their muckraking investigative journalism and their calls to action.

For example, The Sun recently ran an article online titled ‘Julia Fails to Keep the Faith’ which is largely about Julia Robert’s movie with one paragraph on her supposed repudiation of Catholicism. With such little content actually dedicated to her personal religion in the article, it is somewhat surprising then that the byline on the main photograph reads ‘Convert … Julia in Eat, Pray, Love’ (‘Julia Fails to Keep the Faith’ 2010). Both the term ‘fail’ in the headline and the admonishment for her to ‘convert’ in the byline are discursive terms laden with value and emotion.

This series of 90,000 documents detail around 140 Afghani civilian deaths between 2004 and 2010 as well as many friendly THE MODERN MEDIA CONTINUUM 37 fire incidents. Not surprisingly, the US government is increasingly wary of the amount of information released through WikiLeaks and has attempted to block the release of this information. The US government has argued that some of the information released could be endangering the lives of informants and soldiers as well as complicating the tactical planning of the American military.

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