So this line, from Brown’s Spinning the War, really threw me for a loop:
“Given that media representations of the conflict are how policy makers as well as the public usually learn about events, this is an argument for paying more attention to communication rather than less.”
I guess I knew this already, at least intellectually. God knows that I should have realized this based on my “fact finding” at various internships, (notice the quotes) as well as from all of the discourse we’ve reviewed so far this semester.
But man, I really really REALLY want to belive that policy makers have sources above googlenews or CNN, and that they’re smart and savvy enough to move beyond media framing to look at other aspects of issues, to get more information, and to consider how the medium they’re getting information through is influencing the content.
And if they’re not, then I wonder where all those people got their master degrees, and would like to put this out there:
I’m available for hire, starting in May.