The Media Effect: How the News Influences Politics and Government
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The Media Effect: How the News Influences Politics and Government

by Jim Willis, William James Willis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275994961

ISBN-13: 9780275994969

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

In a postmodern age where the media's depictions of reality serve as stand-ins for the real thing for so many Americans, how much government policy is being made on the basis of those mediated realities and on the public reaction to them? When those mediated depictions deviate from the truth of the actual situation, how serious a situation is that? Time and again,

Overview

In a postmodern age where the media's depictions of reality serve as stand-ins for the real thing for so many Americans, how much government policy is being made on the basis of those mediated realities and on the public reaction to them? When those mediated depictions deviate from the truth of the actual situation, how serious a situation is that? Time and again, both anecdotal evidence and scientific research seem to confirm that the news media often influence government action. At the least, they speed up policy making that would otherwise take a slower, more reasoned course. Sometimes the media serve as the communication link among world leaders who may be ideological enemies. Because of the enduring popularity of television news, government leaders monitor the networks' story selections and track public opinion trends generated by interviews done in these stories. These then become the substance of proposed legislation and/or executive action, as politicians strive to prove themselves able listeners to the heartland of America and also prove themselves worthy of re-election. This book examines many specific events that show how major news operations either painted a truthful or distorted picture of national and international events, and how governmental leaders responded following those representations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275994969
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Democracy and the News Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Jeffrey Scheuer     ix
Preface     xi
Media Impact on Government: Views Vary     1
The Media and Political Action     15
The Media and National Development     29
How Events and Issues Become News     43
What the Research Reveals     55
Decoding the News: A Primer in Media Literacy     73
Politicians and Journalists: A Symbiotic Relationship     93
Presidents and the Press     105
Conducting War in a Media Age     117
The Media as the Fourth Estate     137
Notes     147
Selected Bibliography     155
Index     157

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