New Media and American Politics

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New Media and American Politics is the first book to examine the effect on modern politics of the new media, which include talk radio, tabloid journalism, television talk shows, entertainment media, and computer networks. Authors Davis and Owen discuss the new media's cultural environment, audience, and content, before going on to evaluate its impact on everything from elections to policy making to the old media itself.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Davis and Owen have addressed the newest, most volatile variable in our understanding of American politics--the role of the so-called new media. That the role is major is unarguable; that Davis and Owen have provided important and valuable insights into its impact is equally unarguable."--Marvin Kalb, Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard

"Davis and Owen have written a fascinating book that helps us all understand the 'new media' that are redefining the way we learn about our world. This volume is tailor-made for both undergraduate and graduate courses on the media, as well as a broader audience. It fills a huge gap in the literature on a subject that becomes more compelling with each passing day."--Larry J. Sabato, Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

"This book helps political communication scholars and students become current with rapid changes in political media. It is well-written and documented."--Kenneth L. Hacker, New Mexico State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195120608
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Davis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Diana Owen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

1. Defining the New Media
2. An Environment for the New Media
3. Talking Politics
4. Showing Politics: Tabloid Journalism and Entertainment Television
5. Typing Politics: Computer Networks
6. The Audiences
7. Audience Attitudes
8. Shaping Old Media
9. Shaping Presidential Campaigns
10. Shaping the Policy Agenda
11. Popular Voice or Demagogic Tool

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