News That Matters: Television and American Opinion, Updated Edition

News That Matters: Television and American Opinion, Updated Edition

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by Shanto Iyengar, Donald R. Kinder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226388581

ISBN-13: 9780226388588

Pub. Date: 10/01/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Almost twenty-five years ago, Shanto Iyengar and Donald R. Kinder first documented a series of sophisticated and innovative experiments that unobtrusively altered the order and emphasis of news stories in selected television broadcasts.  Their resulting book News That Matters, now hailed as a classic by scholars of political science and public opinion

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Overview

Almost twenty-five years ago, Shanto Iyengar and Donald R. Kinder first documented a series of sophisticated and innovative experiments that unobtrusively altered the order and emphasis of news stories in selected television broadcasts.  Their resulting book News That Matters, now hailed as a classic by scholars of political science and public opinion alike, is here updated for the twenty-first century, with a new preface and epilogue by the authors. Backed by careful analysis of public opinion surveys, the authors show how, despite changing American politics, those issues that receive extended coverage in the national news become more important to viewers, while those that are ignored lose credibility. Moreover, those issues that are prominent in the news stream continue to loom more heavily as criteria for evaluating the president and for choosing between political candidates.

News That Matters does matter, because it demonstrates conclusively that television newscasts powerfully affect opinion. . . . All that follows, whether it supports, modifies, or challenges their conclusions, will have to begin here.”—The Public Interest

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226388588
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Chicago Studies in American Politics
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
373,748
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition

Acknowledgments

1        A Primordial Power?

2        Pathways to Knowledge: Experimentation and the Analysis of Television’s Power

3        The Agenda-Setting Effect

4        Vivid Cases and Lead Stories

5        Personal Predicaments and National Problems

6        Victims of Agenda-Setting

7        The Priming Effect

8        Priming and Presidential Character

9        Priming and Presidential Responsibility

10    Victims of Priming

11    Electoral Consequences of Priming

12    News That Matters

Epilogue, 2010

Appendix A

Appendix B

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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