chapter  13
Infotainment, Sensationalism, and “Reality”
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F EW people pay attention to the mass media only to find out what is going on in the world around them-“surveillance of the environment.” Many also pay attention to entertain themselves or occupy their time, to see what others are doing, and to learn the details of gossip or scandal. Even such significant events as election nights-when large numbers of people tune in-have entertainment elements consciously mixed in with the news, with some coverage more like that of a horse race than a report of the voters’ choices.