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The Crisis of Public Communication : Communication and Society - Jay G. Blumler

The Crisis of Public Communication

Communication and Society

Paperback Published: 30th November 1995
ISBN: 9780415108522
Number Of Pages: 248

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The role of the mass media in the world of politics has become increasingly influential and controversial. Over the past few years, one disturbing question has cast a shadow over the entire issue: who is dictating to who?
Jay Blumler and Michael Gurevitch are two of the most respected scholars in the area of communications studes. In "The Crisis of Civic Communication," their in-depth analysis points to the undeniable fact that political communication is no longer part of democratic ideals. The book traces the origins and development of this phenonmenon, basing discussion on detailed critiques of BBC coverage of general elections since 1966. Blaming neither politicians nor journalists Blumler and Gurevitch find that the roots of the problem are bound up with our contemporary environment, characterized by an increasingly disaffected audience.

The crisis of civic communicationp. 1
Linkages between the mass media and politicsp. 11
Politicians and the press: an essay on role relationshipsp. 25
The orientations of journalists to social and political institutionsp. 45
Towards a comparative framework for political communication researchp. 59
Comparative research: the extending frontierp. 73
The formation of campaign agendas in the United States and Britainp. 86
Political communication systems and democratic valuesp. 97
Producers' attitudes towards television coverage of an election campaign (UK election 1966)p. 111
The construction of election news at the BBC (1979)p. 122
Setting the television news agenda (1983)p. 139
The earnest versus the determined: election news-making at the BBC (1987)p. 153
Struggles for meaningful election communication (1992)p. 167
Longitudinal analysis of an election communication system: newsroom observation at the BBC, 1966-92p. 182
The crisis of communication for citizenship: in and out of the ashes?p. 203
Notesp. 222
Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780415108522
ISBN-10: 0415108527
Series: Communication and Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1