The Sociology of News

An analysis of how the conflict in Northern Ireland has many sociological implications that affect government and private sector broadcasters and the public at large.

This essay attempts to focus on the sociology of news in regard to the conflicts of Northern Ireland. By “sociology of news,” this paper refers to the comprehensive account of the origins, structures, operating practices, codes, and cultures of the contemporary news media. It endeavors to analyze the questions brought on by the consequences of news on the conflict and the overall affect on society and local politics. It functions on the basic assumption that, throughout the northern region, many forms of the media’s influence are used to organize major and minor cartels of strength; once created, the cartels utilize that power to maintain an identity among the various factions.

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