chapter  17
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Journalismprop: Searching for Nirvanas

Journalists have been searching for nirvanas in the popular culture and have found them to be elusive. Having aided in the emergence of society from a mass culture, the media have become captives of the diversity that they helped to bring about. Ironically, where they sought to discern social problems, they were perceived as mirroring them; and where they pleaded, as in the case of politics and violence, that they only were mirroring problems, they were seen as creating them. It is ironic that the mass media have gained a reputation as purveyors of old prop when they have produced so much of the new. Even their so-called negativity has brought important problems to light. That has been a relatively selfless task, and despite the criticism, mediaprop has spoken more to newprop than to the old.