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Re: Party politics

Posted by ESC on July 30, 2003

In Reply to: Party politics posted by Henry on July 29, 2003

: : Hi,

: : Could anyone help me with the sentence in brackets? I don't quite understand.

: :
: : There are informational uses of televisual news for the viewers, particularly in their roles as consumer, employee, and, above all, as citizen and voter. Here Jensen discerns (a tension in the interview material from his respondents between 'the active and public uses that are associated with the news genre in a political perspective and .. its more limited practical relevance for audiences in terms of "keeping up" with issues for the purpose of conversation or voting in political elections.')

: : Thanks a lot.

: This is quite difficult to interpret. I think Jensen finds that people think it is difficult to keep apart the two roles of the media; to report news in broad terms of politics and also to report activities in terms of party politics.
: Any other views?

Not really. I don't understand the difference in the two uses listed. What is the difference between a) public uses that are associated with the news genre in a political perspective and b) the public voting in an election.

I don't envy a translator his or her job when the original writing doesn't make any sense. I was a journalism major and have worked in or with the media for 30+ years and I have no idea what that paragraph means.