Arno - Chapter 06
The precise problem I want to address here, as suggested in chapter 2
in relation to Miyazaki's The Method of Hope, is the fading out of
individual agency in news theory. In Missing Persons: A Critique of
Personhood in the Social Sciences, Mary Douglas and Steven Ney
criticize the asocial, autonomous, and rationally calculating person —
a fiction of classical economic theory — that has come to be accepted
as common sense reality in US public discourse (Douglas and Ney 1998).
For example, the marketplace of ideas, or Civic, model applies
classical liberalism to the understanding of news, and it appears to
place individual agents — playing the various roles necessary to the
production and consumption of news — right in the center of things.