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Demokratisk journalistik mellem politisk magt og afmagt

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Author(s): Jørn Loftager

Journal: Journalistica : Tidskrift för Forskning i Journalistik
ISSN 1901-6220

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2007;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The tactical game of power positions rather than political substance is given priority in today’s news media to an extent that weakens the democratic role of democratic public reasoning. At the same time the need of such reasoning is critical as ever before. The article outlines a sociological interpretation of this dilemma. The basic argument is that an overall development of a society dominated by horizontal differentiations of function rather than hierarchic differentiations of class has generated new conditions for the exercise of political power. On the one hand, the possibility of direct political steering fades away. On the other hand: due to blurred political identities the logic of the political system forces political actors to make themselves visible in the eyes of the voters by showing power and determination. As a result there is a growth in symbolic politics, tactics and spin which challenge the democratic role and responsibility of journalism.
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