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After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment (Communication, Society and Politics)

After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment (Communication, Society and Politics)

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Bruce A. Williams, Michael X. Delli Carpini
Cambridge University Press, 9/26/2011
EAN 9781107010314, ISBN10: 1107010314

Hardcover, 376 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

The new media environment has challenged the role of professional journalists as the primary source of politically relevant information. After Broadcast News puts this challenge into historical context, arguing that it is the latest of several critical moments, driven by economic, political, cultural and technological changes, in which the relationship among citizens, political elites and the media has been contested. Out of these past moments, distinct 'media regimes' eventually emerged, each with its own seemingly natural rules and norms, and each the result of political struggle with clear winners and losers. The media regime in place for the latter half of the twentieth century has been dismantled, but a new regime has yet to emerge. Assuring this regime is a democratic one requires serious consideration of what was most beneficial and most problematic about past regimes and what is potentially most beneficial and most problematic about today's new information environment.

1. Is there a difference between Tina Fey and Katie Couric?
policing the boundaries between news and entertainment
2. Media regimes and American democracy
3. And that's the way it (was)
the rise and fall of the age of broadcast news
4. Political reality, political power and political relevance in the changing media environment
5. Politics in the emerging new media age
hyperreality, multiaxiality, and 'the Clinton scandals'
6. When the media really matter
coverage of the environment in a changing media environment
7. 9/11 and its aftermath
constructing a political spectacle in the new media environment
8. Shaping a new media regime.