Tabe Bergman

Tabe Bergman
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University · Media and Communication

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s propaganda model, one of the major scholarly contributions to the understanding of – especially foreign – news produced by the US media, consists of trenchant analysis of media industries and volumes of media content, while mostly ignoring an important intermediate step: what happens in the newsroom. This article ai...
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This edited collection brings together critical and up-to-date assessments of how mainstream American and British media cover their respective foreign policies, paying special attention to ‘official enemies’. In the age of the internet and social media, the reporting and commentary on world events by mainstream Western media remains tightly bound...
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The chapter provides succinct overviews and a comparison of the historical genesis, development and current state of public service broadcasting in the USA and the European Union, with an emphasis on internal commercialization and the influence of the commercial environment. Thus, the chapter adopts a comparative perspective in exploring the influe...
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Personal and scholarly reflections on responsibility, intent and conformism among journalists
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If we, as the title of this roundtable suggests, do indeed live in a world of narratives, then we are in deep trouble.
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Call for chapters Politics, media, and the war in Ukraine Tabe Bergman and Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman (eds.) The war in Ukraine could well mark a sharp turning point in global history, as the West isolates Russia, which now appears to try to more closely align itself with non-Western powers. Though the long-term consequences of the conflict cann...
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Global Challenges Conference - 27/28 October 2022, Suzhou (XJTLU) - Call for papers Submissions are now open for this interdisciplinary conference on ‘Global challenges in turbulent times: decentering the study of the international’. The event, hosted by the Department of International Studies and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at...
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This paper presents the design of a comparative research project on the media reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first phase, the research will compare the contents of different types of media outlets based on their ownership structure and ideology (both traditional media and social networks) in four countries (USA, UK, Spain and the Nether...
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By way of content analyses and a Critical Discourse Analysis, this article characterizes the scholarship on Dutch journalism in the 21st century, finding that critical political economy is a blindspot. This article then argues for the salience of critical political economy by way of an indepth examination of the existing scholarship’s own findings,...
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Analysis of media content is not an integral part of the critical political economy of communication. The reasons can be understood in their historical contexts. Nonetheless, there is a case to be made that there exists an urgent need to remedy this state of affairs. Given existential threats to the planet, especially global warming and the possibi...
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The latest advances in networked technology hold the promise of lifting millions of people out of poverty. Take 5G. It is hyper-fast and, as everyone knows, time is money. Who doesn't look to save both? Hang on, though, 5G comes with a catch-or two. You could be assimilated by the global digital matrix, microchipped like domesticated cattle, and tr...
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Professor Mark Deuze believes that institutions have become irrelevant to journalism. In his view, not institutions but journalists make journalism. This critical review of a recent article by Deuze argues that his position is incorrect and warns that it is irresponsible. In ascribing far too much agency to individual journalists, Deuze, perhaps un...
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In this essay I outline where I think the academic study of political communication should go—or rather, return to. First I discuss existing limitations and weaknesses of the current subfield of political communication, after which I highlight the work of political scientist Michael Parenti as an example of scholarship that I would like to see more...
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Over the past few years, Chinese viewers have regularly mocked a popular genre of television dramas for overly heroic portrayals of the War of Resistance Against Japan. Charging the dramas with distorting history, the viewers nicknamed them 'Mythic Plays' and instigated a national discussion on the dramas' representation of the war. This article an...
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Over the past few years, Chinese viewers have regularly mocked a popular genre of television dramas for overly heroic portrayals of the War of Resistance Against Japan. Charging the dramas with distorting history, the viewers nicknamed them 'Mythic Plays' and instigated a national discussion on the dramas' representation of the war. This article an...
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The public’s (non-)engagement with the news and politics is a crucial issue in the scholarship on journalism and democracy. Is the public a problem that needs to be managed? Or can increasing its political engagement offer solutions to political predicaments? Two foundational thinkers, Walter Lippmann and Noam Chomsky, hold radically different view...
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Western corporate journalism, woefully insufficient from its inception to the present day if you happen to care about the public interest, is dying, and anyone with half a critical eye should say: good riddance! The establishment of non-profit, non-advertising-dependent media funded by money from tax deductions that citizens can directly send to th...
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The German journalist, author and academic Kurt Baschwitz (1886-1968) was a major pioneer and founder of mass communication research in Europe, especially the Netherlands. Yet few today remember, let alone appreciate, his many contributions. In Kurt Baschwitz: A Pioneer of Communication Studies and Social Psychology, Jaap van Ginneken – the Dutch c...
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The essay criticizes much of the scholarship on the internet in a consciously polemical, even flippant way. For sometimes the rules and jargon of academic discourse are more restrictive than enabling. The main argument is that many media scholars overestimate the influence of the internet. They do this, in part, because they specialize in studying...
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Book review of Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention by Florian Zollmann
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The Propaganda Model applied to American television.
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Is het nieuws nep? In dit boek buigt een bonte verzameling van kritische journalisten en academici zich over deze prangende vraag. Aan de hand van onder meer de oorlog in Syrië, de ramp met vlucht MH17 en de doodgezwegen Amerikaanse invloed op de Nederlandse pers tonen de auteurs dat het zogenaamde kwaliteitsnieuws keer op keer een vervormd beeld v...
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Jaap van Ginneken schreef een boek over Kurt Baschwitz. Kurt wie? Zijn naam klinkt velen vreemd in de oren. Maar Baschwitz was in Nederland de grondlegger van de communicatiewetenschap. Tabe Bergman benadrukt in zijn recensie hoe belangrijk het werk van Baschwitz was. Kurt Baschwitz (1886-1968) was een belangrijk pionier en oprichter van het vakge...
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As a contribution to the scholarship on the US media's reporting of dissidence, this article assesses the treatment of Noam Chomsky's books on politics and media in four US newspapers. It documents and explains the fluctuations in attention over time. A content analysis shows that a sizeable majority of reviews were negative, but also that the pres...
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Building on work by renowned media critics including James Curran, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, Tabe Bergman makes a compelling case that, like its American and British counterparts, Dutch journalism is not free but a slave to the bottom line. His contrarian reading of history shows that a pro-elite bias has pervaded Dutch journalism throughout...
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https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/tabe-bergman/dutch-media-monopoly-kills-journalism-in-netherlands-internet-doesn%e2%80%99
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Media scholars in the Netherlands have largely ignored Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky's propaganda model. Nonetheless, this article concludes that the model is germane to Dutch journalism and its current crisis because of the striking similarities between the Dutch and U.S. news systems and content. By focusing on the systems' similarities instead...
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Media scholars in the Netherlands have largely ignored Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky's propaganda model. Nonetheless, this article concludes that the model is germane to Dutch journalism and its current crisis because of the striking similarities between the Dutch and U.S. news systems and content. By focusing on the systems' similarities instead...
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De media geven politieke- en bedrijfspropaganda ruim baan en belemmeren de democratie in plaats van die te bevorderen. Niet de belangen van de bevolking worden gediend maar die van de gevestigde elite. Iedereen kent de standaardversie: De journalistiek speelt een cruciale rol in het functioneren van onze democratie door burgers de informatie te ve...
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What James Curran calls the liberal meta-narrative of media history is the standard framework employed in describing the trajectory of the Dutch media. Yet much evidence indicates that throughout the twentieth century the Dutch media have more commonly served elite interests than the public interest. Initially the media were subservient to politics...
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Marianne Zwagerman stelde onlangs op DNR dat de NOS geprivatiseerd moet worden, want journalistiek is in goede handen bij commerciële nieuwsorganisaties. Tabe Bergman is het daar niet mee eens. Volgens hem is journalistiek als commercieel product mislukt. Hij pleit daarom voor het investeren van publiek geld in de journalistiek. Waren we allemaal...
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In de jaren zeventig was er een hele stroming aan wetenschappers en journalisten die waarschuwden tegen de voortschrijdende commercialisering van de Nederlandse media. Ze signaleerden dat de berichtgeving gekleurd was in het voordeel van de politieke en economische elites en dat minderheden en arbeiders werden gemarginalizeerd. Tabe Bergman vindt d...
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By examining the Dutch press's reporting on the run-up to the war in Iraq this paper provides evidence that Dutch foreign news is structurally biased in favor of the interests of political and economic elites. Despite a priori plausibility and already existing supporting evidence, this observation is rarely made in the scholarship, in part because...
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Based on a literature review and interviews with scholars, this article recaptures and evaluates the political-economic approach to the Dutch media during the 1970s and its subsequent disappearance. The objective of this paper is to contribute to reinstituting that approach. Additionally, this article argues for its heightened salience, as the comm...
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Er zijn nog maar weinig journalisten in Nederland. Althans, journalisten die écht aanspraak maken op de benaming ‘journalist’. Journalisten dus, die doen wat journalisten horen te doen. En dat is een droeve constatering, betoogt Tabe Bergman, promovendus in de mediageschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Illinois. http://www.denieuwereporter.nl/2011/...
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Whenever Bertrand Russell was accused of being anti-American, which was not infrequently, the English philosopher and social critic preferred to counter with a joke: ‘Anti-American? Half my wives were American.’ Not everyone laughed. Time magazine, which accused Russell of ‘an obsessive anti-Americanism,’ claimed to be ‘astonished’ by his irreveren...
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Noam Chomsky, de meest geciteerde levende persoon ter wereld, is 79 jaar oud, maar nog altijd vlijmscherp. ‘Het Westen haat democratie. ... Het is een misverstand te denken dat de VS zelf een democratie zijn, stelt Chomsky. ‘Het politieke spectrum in de VS, maar ook in Europa, is extreem smal’, zegt Chomsky. Republikeinen en Democraten zijn in fe...

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