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Mediated Politics

Mediated Politics

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Edited by W. Lance Bennett, Robert M. Entman
Cambridge University Press, 18/01/2001
EAN 9780521783569, ISBN10: 0521783569

Hardcover, 520 pages, 30.2 x 20.6 x 3.8 cm

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.

‘ … 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