By W. Lance Bennett, Robert M. Entman
This e-book explores the altering nature of democracy in gentle of dramatic alterations within the media of mass communique: the web, the decline of community tv information and the day-by-day newspaper; the starting to be tendency to regard election campaigns as competing product ads; the blurring strains between information, advertisements, and leisure. It explores such questions as: Does the web make it more uncomplicated for voters to discover political details? Do ultra-modern hugely aggressive previous and new mass media serve the wishes of democratic citizenship? Does the hot media atmosphere produce public opinion that's kind of manipulated, or manipulated in new methods?
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Extra resources for Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy (Communication, Society and Politics)
With information selectively targeted to constructed publics, it is important to ask whether commonality of public engagement may diminish to the point of having democracies without citizens (Entman 1989). OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK The authors of this book have come together through two conferences and many e-mail exchanges to explore the effects of this new era of political communication on society and democratic politics. As noted above, we focus primarily on the United States, but use concepts and frameworks that encourage comparisons with other political systems.
Yet these aspects of meaningful public engagement are easily overlooked if the issues in the scandal are reduced to partisan politics or leadership evaluations based on external economic conditions in society. 8 I Finally, from a broader communication process model of the public sphere, the claim that citizens are not dupes may be narrowly true at the same time that it misses much of the political picture in which substantial publics are simply not involved (Entman 1989). Perhaps most importantly, the empirical discovery that all of the people are not swayed by all of the political messages, all of the time, hardly establishes a high standard for democratic achievement.
People often understand when they are being deceived or excluded from aspects of government; the nature of communication in public life thus affects how people feel about politics and whether they feel that government legitimately represents them (Cappella and Jamieson 1997). As a result, the legitimacy of political authority has come under question as citizens in many nations view their elected authorities with increasing skepticism and suspicion. It is important to understand the degree to which the communication linkages among individuals, and between individuals and their governors, provide for information, interest formation, and representation that is agreeable and satisfying.