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Overview

The media have a central role in modern politics. They provide the knowledge that individuals gather and consider about candidates and their platforms, the basis on which impressions of candidates are formed and emotional responses to contemporary issues are inspired, as well as a forum in which these ideas are gleaned from and discussed with others. Through their provision of poll information, their airing of political advertisements and political debates, and their coverage of political actors, campaigns, and issues, the media function as a key player in the political arena. Taking a perspective from the field of communication, a field that places the media at the center of the analysis and necessarily draws from a number of disciplines including psychology, political science, and sociology in doing so, this book assesses the ways in which individuals arrive at political impressions, knowledge, and decisions. The conclusions drawn in the book from a close analysis of decades of social science research put recent political phenomena into perspective and have crucial implications for media and politics in the 21st Century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a compendium of often interesting theories, studies, and typologies."
—Stuart Fischoff for PsycCRITIQUES - Volume 51, Issue 46
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121835521
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Comstock earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University. He currently is the S.I. Newhouse Professor at the School of Public Communication, Syracuse University in the Television-Radio-Film Department. He is the author of Television and the American Child and was the senior author of the original Television and Human Behavior.Professor Comstock is a social psychologist and expert on the social effects of mass media. He is former science advisor and senior research coordinator of U.S. Surgeon General's Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social Behavior. Professor Comstock teaches classes insocial effects of television and communication research methods.

Erica Scharrer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Massachusetts and studies media content, opinions about media, and media influence.

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Table of Contents

The Psychology of Media and Politics
George Comstock and Erica Scharrer

Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I
Early Knowledge

Chapter I – Conventional Wisdom
Chapter II – Necessary Corrections

Part II
Press and Public

Chapter III – The New Media
Chapter IV – The Goods
Chapter V – Heterogeneous Faces

Part III
The Collective Self

Chapter VI – Using the Media
Chapter VII – Beyond Politics

References
Epilogue
Author Index
Subject Index

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