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The Piano Player in the Brothel

The Future of Journalism

Jean Luis Cebrian - Author

Eduardo Schmid - Translator

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ISBN 9781468302783 | 192 pages | 03 Mar 2011 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
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The book's title refers to the classic joke in which a father tells his son that anything is better than being a journalist, including being a piano player in the brothel.

The Piano Player in the Brothel is a reflection on the practice of journalism and the responsibility it entails in the interpretation of an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. The author's thoughts are interspersed with data and anecdotes on the history of journalism and its role as a great instrument of cultural diffusion, a warrantor of freedom of speech, and, hence, a protector of democracy. From its origins, journalism has struggled with political power -always interested in turning information into simple propaganda- and for that purpose it has developed some basic principles: truthfulness, verification, independence, public commitment and loyalty towards the citizens.

"A welcome contribution to a conversation too often dominated by Anglophone perspectives." -- The New Yorker

"What is the future of journalism? Cebrián (Red Doll), a novelist and one of the original editors of Spain's newspaper of record, El País, analyzes the changes to the traditional newspaper in particular and to the profession in general. In this collection of insightful and instructive essays, he addresses the challenges journalists face in this age of instantaneous electronic media. The illustrious newspaperman brings a sense of history and gravitas to his writing, a result of living and working in a country transitioning from the media- restricted Fascist regime of Francisco Franco to a struggling democracy with a free and open press. This experience is what leads Cebrián to assert that journalism plays a vital role in protecting civil liberties and democratic values. This gem of a book is a valuable manual for aspiring journalists and an informative guidebook for the rest of us." --Library Journal

"A thoughtful collection of essays exploring the storied past and shifting present of reporting, a call to encourage what is best in journalism as we move into the tumultuous era of online news." --Foreword Magazine

"A thoughtful collection of essays exploring the storied past and shifting present of reporting, a call to encourage what is best in journalism as we move into the tumultuous era of online news... Some of the most salient questions in modern journalism are raised in this collection... This collection is sure to do just that, educating the reader of journalism's past while reminding us of the qualities found in the best reporting, those that are needed more than ever in the digital future." --ForeWord Reviews


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