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Bringing in structure

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Bringing in structure

  1. 1. technische universität Fakultät Kulturwissenschaften dortmund Institut für Journalistik Bringing in structure A systems-theoretical view on literary journalism Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010
  2. 2. technische universität dortmund A systems-theoretical view on literary journalism… How can a theory of society be useful in the study of literary journalism? What is literary journalism from a sociological perspective? The origination of literary journalism not only depends on the authors that write it, but also – to a considerable degree – on context factors promoting or preventing its creation. Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010 2
  3. 3. technische universität dortmund Arts and mass media in a functionally differentiated society Function Economy Politics Science Law Arts Mass media system Distribution of Collectively Order despite Self-observation Function scarce goods binding decisions Knowledge Justice contingency of society Government/ Information/ Code Have/have not opposition True/false Legal/illegal Beautiful/ugly non-information Medium Money Power Truth Lawsuit Beauty --- Coalition Styles, Professional Program Investments agreement Methods Constitution manifestos techniques Organisation Companies States, parties Universities Courts Museums Newsrooms (cf. Werber 2008: 448) Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010 3
  4. 4. technische universität dortmund Literature and journalism as social systems  Literature as social system: What is literature for? What are the social conditions of literary communication? (cf. e.g. Faulstich 1986; Meyer/Ort 1988; Schmidt 1989; Schwanitz 1990, 1993; Rusch 1991, 1993; Werber 1992; Plumpe/Werber 1993; Plumpe 1995; Reinfandt 1995; Fohrmann/Müller 1996)  Journalism as social system: What is journalism for? What are the social conditions of journalistic communication? (cf. e.g. Rühl 1969, 1980; Marcinkowski 1993; Spangenberg 1993; Gerhards 1994; Blöbaum 1994; Kohring 1997; Scholl/Weischenberg 1998; Görke 1999; Weber 2000) Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010 4
  5. 5. technische universität dortmund Literary journalism as subsystem of the journalism system Function Selection and dissemination of information for public communication Code Topical/non-topical Medium Topicality Programs Professional journalistic techniques for selecting, structuring and presenting information intermingle with literary stylistics! Organisations Mass media, newsrooms Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010 5
  6. 6. technische universität dortmund Potentials and problems  Necessary precision in defining literary journalism  Clarification of the specific social function of literary journalism  Consideration of the structures of literary journalism  Connectivity to other journalism research  But: criticism from different directions  Nonetheless: possible application, e.g., in analyses of the differentiation history of literary journalism or cross-cultural comparisons Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010 6
  7. 7. technische universität dortmund Bringing in structure A systems-theoretical view on literary journalism Contact: Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein Institut für Journalistik Technische Universität Dortmund Emil-Figge-Str. 50 D-44227 Dortmund Tel.: +49 (0)231 755-4195 Fax: +49 (0)231 755-5583 E-Mail: tobias.eberwein@udo.edu http://www.journalistik-dortmund.de http://www.coolepark.de Picture credits: Kunstart.net, Romana Schaile/pixelio.de; Sonntag/Wikimedia Commons Dipl.-Journ. Tobias Eberwein | London, 20th May 2010 7

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