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Mediated Politics : Communication in the Future of Democracy - W. Lance Bennett

Mediated Politics

Communication in the Future of Democracy

By: W. Lance Bennett (Editor), Robert M. Entman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th December 2001
ISBN: 9780521789769
Number Of Pages: 520

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Mediated Politics explores the changing media environments in contemporary democracy: the internet, the decline of network news and the daily newspaper; the growing tendency to treat election campaigns as competing product advertisements; the blurring lines between news, ads, and entertainment. By combining new developments in political communication with core questions about politics and policy, a distinguished roster of international scholars offers new perspectives and directions for further study. Several broad questions emerge from the book: with ever-increasing media outlets creating more specialized segments, what happens to broader issues? Are there implications for a sense of community? Should media give people only what they want, or also what they need to be good citizens? These and other tensions created by the changing nature of political communication are covered in sections on the changing public sphere; shifts in the nature of political communication; the new shape of public opinion; transformations of political campaigns; and alterations in citizens' needs and involvement.

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' ... this is an excellent volume that provides scholars and students alike with a wealth of new empirical material and theories concerning the relative impact of the new communication technologies on the modern political communication processes.' Mark Wheeler, London Guildhall University 'Nearly all readers will find something of interest in this book ... the questions raised by Mediated Politics are of first importance.' International Journal of Public Opinion Research 'This is an interesting book and one that should be read by anyone who is interested in politics and in particular by political scientists in the field of political dynamics, politicians, communication specialists and students of communication in general. As expected, with so many authors participating, diverse views are reflected in the contents. this is in the book's favour and it provides a clear indication that the editors did not try to force the contents into a particular paradigm ... Hopefully, this book will inspire more attention to media in politics.' Politica

Mediated politics: an introduction
Democracy and the Public Sphere
The public sphere and the net: structure, space, and communication
Promoting political engagement
The internet and the global public sphere
Citizens, Consumers, and Media in Transition
Reporting and the push for market-oriented journalism: media organizations as businesses
Political discourse and the politics of need: discourses on the good life in cyberspace
Dividing practices: segmentation and targeting in the emerging public sphere
Let us infotain you: politics in the new media environment
The future of the institutional media
Mediated Political Information and Public Opinion
Reframing public opinion as we have known it
Political waves and democratic discourse: terrorism waves during the Oslo peace process
Monica Lewinsky and the mainsprings of American politics
The big spin: strategic communication and the transformation of pluralist democracy
The impact of the new media
Mediated Campaigns
Issue advocacy in a changing discourse environment
Implications of rival visions of electoral campaigns
Mediated electoral democracy: campaigns, incentives, and reform
'Americanization' reconsidered: UK-US campaign communication comparisons across time
Citizens: Present and Future
Citizen discourse and political participation: a survey
Adapting political news to twenty-first century Americans
National identities and the future of democracy
Communication in the future of democracy: a conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521789769
ISBN-10: 0521789761
Series: Communication, Society and Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 12th December 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.7

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