- Oct 2021
At the beginning of this episode, Sandy Hudson tells Nora Loreto about a podcast on NPR, Invisibilia.
The episodes that I listened to were about an anti-news news website in Stockton, California. How news has shifted and changed.
The Invisibilia episode is entitled, The Chaos Machine: An Endless Hole.
- Sandy & Nora
- Hallin’s spheres
- The View from Somewhere
- Sandy Hudson
- Nora Loreto
- Lewis Raven Wallace
journalism historian David Mindich
The View from Somewhere
At 11 minutes into this podcast episode, David Mindich provides an overview of Hallin’s spheres.
Hallin divides the world of political discourse into three concentric spheres: consensus, legitimate controversy, and deviance. In the sphere of consensus, journalists assume everyone agrees. The sphere of legitimate controversy includes the standard political debates, and journalists are expected to remain neutral. The sphere of deviance falls outside the bounds of legitimate debate, and journalists can ignore it. These boundaries shift, as public opinion shifts.
I learned about this podcast from Sandy and Nora in their episode, Canada’s democratic deficit.
three concentric spheres: consensus, legitimate controversy, and deviance
The podcast focuses on the troubled history of “objectivity” and how it has been used to gatekeep and exclude people of color, queer and trans people, and people organizing for their labor rights and communities.
I learned about this podcast through Sandy and Nora.