Week 7 – Framing versus “Transversality” – music, journalism and other ecologies of practice

Are different aspects in our world such as music, journalism and education still be framed when more and more high media have launched nowadays? This week’s reading by our lecturer Andrew Murphie perhaps has given us the answer of that. The idea mentioned in the reading by Gary Genosko states that, the media nowadays has helped us eliminating the blurs between each aspect, connecting them to each other and hence, bringing out transversality. With the increase of the quantity of transversality, things are believed to work out in a more ideal and harmonious way. Moreover, transversality helps to transform the format of elements in those fields when they join together.

Yet many people may reckon, when transversality is happening in fields like music and journalism, it doesn’t cause the industries working in a harmonious way but instead, it is gradually killing them. When I flipped through the websites listed in the course reader, I found an interview of Herbert Gans, a professor emeritus in Sociology at Columbia University about his own point of view of multiperspectival journalism very encouraging to read as it provides me some entire new bullet ideas of the issue of new journalism. What Gans thinks about is, though today the new technologies have indeed brought us various journalistic formats and ideas (e.g. enable us to turn to both general and targeted media, let amateurs to share news in facebook, twitter etc.), traditional type of journalism still won’t be dying. Professional journalists are still more educated and professionally better trained. Gans reckons, amateurs who attache news photos, videos and stories in web and social media are just an evolution of the our habit of sharing news and opinion to each other face to face and in small groups. Ordinary people may not be able to have the same kind of attention to news as journalists and media researchers do.

But what about the music industry? We could all see that, the peer-to-peer sharing of music, mp3 and piracy issue of music is forcing the music industry to a dead-end. Yet I quite agree with what Andrew said in today’s lecture that music itself seems to be more alive as we can now have the opportunity to get in touch with a  diversity of music via the new media platform. We, as the audiences and listeners,  are actually more linked to the music producer.

Last, I am attaching a video produced by for a media Ethics class at SUNY, New Paltznalyzes. This video analyses the journalistic ethics of using social networking sites as news sources, as well as the quality of news content. Although the quality of this video is not that good, it is very well put together.


Usher, N (2011), “News media are targeted but audiences are not”: Herbert Gans on multiperspectival journalism, <http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/03/news-media-are-targeted-but-audiences-are-not-herbert-gans-on-multiperspectival-journalism/#>

Murphie, A (2006), ‘Editorial’, <http://nine.fibreculturejournal.org/>


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