"Why Journalism Has Always Pushed Perception Alongside Reality," in Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World. Marquette University Press, 2013.

Book Chapter
Barbie Zelizer

In contemporary society, the nature of reality is continually challenged and each day there are new examples illustrating that perception has become reality. Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World, edited by Bonnie Brennen, considers how researchers might evaluate evidence when truth claims can no longer be made. The authors address issues of perception, evidence, reality, and postmodernism from a variety of different backgrounds including history, ethics, cultural studies, law, and social science. Contributing essayists include Daniel Blinka, Margaret Duffy, Sharon Dunwoody, Frank Durham, Robert J. Griffin, Andrew L. Mendelson, Tom Nakayama, John Nerone, Jane Singer, Linda Steiner, Janis Page, Rachel Young, and Barbie Zelizer.

Zelizer's chapter, "Why Journalism Has Always Pushed Perception Alongside," is on pages 31–40.