Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy

Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy

by W. Lance Bennett
     
 

This book explores the changing nature of democracy in light of dramatic changes in the media of mass communication: the Internet, the decline of network television news and the daily newspaper; the growing tendency to treat election campaigns as competing product advertisements; the blurring lines among news, ads, and entertainment. It explores such questions as:… See more details below

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This book explores the changing nature of democracy in light of dramatic changes in the media of mass communication: the Internet, the decline of network television news and the daily newspaper; the growing tendency to treat election campaigns as competing product advertisements; the blurring lines among news, ads, and entertainment. It explores such questions as: Does the Internet make it easier for citizens to find political information? Do today's highly competitive old and new mass media serve the needs of democratic citizenship? Does the new media environment produce public opinion that is more or less manipulated, or manipulated in new ways?

Contributors:
W Lance Bennett, Robert M. Entman, Peter Dahlgren, William A. Gamson, Colin Sparks, Doug Underwood, Don Slater, Oscar Gandy, Michael X. Delli Carpini, Bruce A. Williams, Timothy E. Cook, Susan Herbst, Gadi Wolfsfeld, John Zaller, Jarrol B. Manheim, W Russell Neuman, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, C. Edwin Baker, Bruce Buchanan, Jay G. Blumler, Michael Gurevitch, Roderick P Hart, Doris A. Graber, Wendy M. Rahn, Thomas J. Rudolph

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783569
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Communication, Society, and Politics Series
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.42(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Mediated Politics: An Introduction1
2The Public Sphere and the Net: Structure, Space, and Communication33
3Promoting Political Engagement56
4The Internet and the Global Public Sphere75
5Reporting and the Push for Market-Oriented Journalism: Media Organizations as Businesses99
6Political Discourse and the Politics of Need: Discourses on the Good Life in Cyberspace117
7Dividing Practices: Segmentation and Targeting in the Emerging Public Sphere141
8Let Us Infotain You: Politics in the New Media Environment160
9The Future of the Institutional Media182
10Reframing Public Opinion as We Have Known It203
11Political Waves and Democratic Discourse: Terrorism Waves During the Oslo Peace Process226
12Monica Lewinsky and the Mainsprings of American Politics252
13The Big Spin: Strategic Communication and the Transformation of Pluralist Democracy279
14The Impact of the New Media299
15Issue Advocacy in a Changing Discourse Environment323
16Implications of Rival Visions of Electoral Campaigns342
17Mediated Electoral Democracy: Campaigns, Incentives, and Reform362
18"Americanization" Reconsidered: U.K.-U.S. Campaign Communication Comparisons Across Time380

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