ERIC Number: ED197417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Play, Pleasure, and the Value of Newsreading.
Glasser, Theodore L.
Offering a synthesis of research and thought on the notion of newsreading as a form of play, this paper focuses on newsreading as a symbolic action of incorporating cultural attitudes by reading a newspaper. Sections of the paper discuss the following topics: (1) play, culture, and communication--defining play in its cultural and communicative contexts; (2) newsreading as play--the pleasurable but disinterested state that an individual creates and fashions when reading a newspaper, the aesthetics of news, and the intrinsic value of newsreading; and (3) toward an ethnography of newsreading--the necessary shift in attention from the newspaper to newsreading, from empirical research on the use of newspapers to essays that present cultural analyses of the individuals who are doing the newsreading. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Use
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Ocean City, MD, April 24-26, 1980).