Publication Date

January 2006


[Excerpt] Christopher Martin’s highly readable book, Framed: Labor and the Corporate Media, deepens that observation through the application of media framing theory, originally developed by political media scholar Doris Graber in the 1970s. Quoting Todd Gitlin, Martin defines media frames as “persistent patterns of cognition, interpretation and presentation, of selection, emphasis and exclusion, by which symbol-handlers routinely organize discourse, whether verbal or visual.” Embattled union members encounter framing when every airline walkout becomes a media narrative of stranded travelers versus callous strikers, and every press story on unemployment focuses on stock statistics.


Suggested Citation
Alvarez, S. (2006). [Review of the book Framed! Labor and the Corporate Media] [Electronic version]. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 59, 319-321.

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