By Harry Oliver
Pass your palms, knock on wooden, and grab your rabbit's foot a bit tighter.
In this fascinating and eternally diverting publication, Harry Oliver delves into the tales in the back of the traditions and superstitions that permeate our daily lives, unearthing the attention-grabbing histories of those strange notions. So sooner than you look for any further four-leaf clovers, fear concerning the subsequent Friday the thirteenth, or stay away from jogging less than any ladders, dip into this awesome tome and discover:
• Why breaking a reflect brings seven years of undesirable luck.
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• Why you might want to by no means hop over a toddler in Turkey.
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There is a widespread sense in the literature on news organisation as well as in the basic assumptions of journalistic training that news producers are able to provide the resources for public deliberation and act as an autonomous space by adhering to a critical sense of objectivity and neutrality. Schudson (2003), for example, maintains that despite a certain element of control and restriction from external forces, news professionals essentially operate with a genuine sense of their own autonomy which they are able to employ in the news production process.
It is arguably a fundamental prerequisite in the cosmopolitan vision that it is possible to understand the world ‘as a whole’, indeed to imagine the world as a ‘global polity’. GCS scholars are keen to emphasise how this process has been facilitated by developments in ICTs. Interestingly, the media is rarely dealt with as a distinctive operation, more or less absorbed into general observations of ICTs – and really technology at large – and just loosely referred to as having gone ‘global’ (Keane 2003; Anheier et al.
Glasius & Kaldor 2002: 11) It is important here not to overstate the extent to which advocates of GCS are looking to express the existence or desire for a single global identity based on common values (cf. Keane 2003), but there is an ‘Global Civil Society’ and the Media 23 overwhelming sense in the literature that the media, and the reality of global media events, do establish a new appreciation of the individual and his or her universal moral obligation, not only to achieve selffulfillment, but to go beyond that in the search for the ‘global common good’ (Ezzat 2005: 41).