The belief that the media plays a central role in a functioning democracy anchors this examination of the constant give-and-take between politics and the media. The variety of themes addressed includes opinion polls and public opinion, how national identity is shaped by the media, and the loss of public trust in politicians. The growing influence of American political and media practices on nations and media outlets across the world is emphasized.
Part One - Introduction1. The media2. Politics3. The publicPart Two - The media and politics4. The print media5. The broadcast media6. Political image and performance7. Political information managementPart Three - Mediated public life8. Opinion polls and public opinion9. The nation and national identity10. The governance of everyday lifeBibliography