The Politics of Misinformation / Edition 1

The Politics of Misinformation / Edition 1

by Murray Edelman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521805104

ISBN-13: 9780521805100

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Politics of Misinformation is a critical examination of how and why the public has confidence in political progress and innovation even though most change is superficial. Concentrations of social and economic power produce illusions that create the impression of beneficial social change while erasing the possibility of such change. Language, bureaucratic authority…  See more details below

Overview

The Politics of Misinformation is a critical examination of how and why the public has confidence in political progress and innovation even though most change is superficial. Concentrations of social and economic power produce illusions that create the impression of beneficial social change while erasing the possibility of such change. Language, bureaucratic authority, law, political parties, science, and other social institutions help to produce images that mislead both non-elite and elite, creating the appearance of rational democracy while at the same time obscuring structural inequality, discouraging critical evaluation of political policy, and thwarting involvement in democratic politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521805100
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Communication, Society, and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Images11
2Social Change18
3Authority39
4Public Opinion52
5Institutions71
6Language78
7Science104
8Crime as an Example112
Epilogue129
Bibliography131
Index135

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