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From the Publisher"...a compendium of often interesting theories, studies, and typologies."
--Stuart Fischoff for PsycCRITIQUES - Volume 51, Issue 46
Issues addressed include:
* How powerful are the media in shaping political beliefs/judgment?
* How has this power changed in recent years?
* How does media influence voting behavior?
* To what extent do media opinions affect political decision making?
* Demonstrates the ways in which the media both constrain and facilitate democratic participation
* Provides insight into why individuals have varying levels of attention to and interest in politics
* Discusses such issues as political advertising, polls, debates, and journalists' pursuit of scandal
* Describes why only some Americans turn out to vote in prominent elections.
* Offers a model of personal- versus social-level influences that extends beyond politics into other important topic areas
* Brings together research and theories from the fields of Communication, Psychology, and Political Science
* Reviews hundreds of key sources, both historical and contemporary
Chapter I – Conventional Wisdom
Chapter II – Necessary Corrections
Press and Public
Chapter III – The New Media
Chapter IV – The Goods
Chapter V – Heterogeneous Faces
The Collective Self
Chapter VI – Using the Media
Chapter VII – Beyond Politics