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dc.contributor.advisorMoeller, Susan Den_US
dc.contributor.authorMelki, Jaden_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-20T05:34:49Z
dc.date.available2008-06-20T05:34:49Z
dc.date.issued2008-04-23en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/8107
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation studies the relationship between television news and the state in Lebanon. It utilizes and reworks New Institutionalism theory by adding aspects of Mitchell's state effect and other concepts devised from Carey and Foucault. The study starts with a macro-level analysis outlining the major cultural, economic and political factors that influenced the evolution of television news in that country. It then moves to a mezzo-level analysis of the institutional arrangements, routines and practices that dominated the news production process. Finally, it zooms in to a micro-level analysis of the final product of Lebanese broadcast news, focusing on the newscast, its rundown and scripts and the smaller elements that make up the television news story. The study concludes that the highly fragmented Lebanese society generated a similarly fragmented and deeply divided political/economic elite, which used its resources and access to the news media to solidify its status and, by doing so, recreated and confirmed the politicosectarian divide in this country. In this vicious cycle, the institutionalized and instrumentalized television news played the role of mediator between the elites and their fragmented constituents, and simultaneously bolstered the political and economic power of the former while keeping the latter tightly held in their grip. The hard work and values of the individual journalist were systematically channeled through this powerful institutional mechanism and redirected to serve the top of the hierarchy. The journalist's background and beliefs were irrelevant to this process. Finally, the study advanced a theory on television news grounded in the empirical evidence and focusing on modern news media as the redistribution and reorganization of communication.en_US
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dc.titleTelevision News and the State in Lebanonen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentJournalismen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledJournalismen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPolitical Science, Generalen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledJournalismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledtelevision newsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmediaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmass mediaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledpoliticsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlebanonen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledarab;en_US


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