Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy

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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?

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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"...remarkably good...What matters is that the contributions are of a consistently high standard. They are both up-to-the-minute and often of lasting value. Although some caught my eye as especially good and interesting, it would be invidious to pick out any for special treatment here. The volume as a whole is important and develops some interesting insights and arguments. If you are interested in communications and the future democracy then this is a useful and important book." Mediated Democracy
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Table of Contents

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1 Mediated Politics: An Introduction 1
2 The Public Sphere and the Net: Structure, Space, and Communication 33
3 Promoting Political Engagement 56
4 The Internet and the Global Public Sphere 75
5 Reporting and the Push for Market-Oriented Journalism: Media Organizations as Businesses 99
6 Political Discourse and the Politics of Need: Discourses on the Good Life in Cyberspace 117
7 Dividing Practices: Segmentation and Targeting in the Emerging Public Sphere 141
8 Let Us Infotain You: Politics in the New Media Environment 160
9 The Future of the Institutional Media 182
10 Reframing Public Opinion as We Have Known It 203
11 Political Waves and Democratic Discourse: Terrorism Waves During the Oslo Peace Process 226
12 Monica Lewinsky and the Mainsprings of American Politics 252
13 The Big Spin: Strategic Communication and the Transformation of Pluralist Democracy 279
14 The Impact of the New Media 299
15 Issue Advocacy in a Changing Discourse Environment 323
16 Implications of Rival Visions of Electoral Campaigns 342
17 Mediated Electoral Democracy: Campaigns, Incentives, and Reform 362
18 "Americanization" Reconsidered: U.K.-U.S. Campaign Communication Comparisons Across Time 380
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