News Frames and National Security: Covering Big Brother (Communication, Society and Politics)

News Frames and National Security: Covering Big Brother (Communication, Society and Politics)

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Douglas M. Mcleod
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 12/29/2014
EAN 9780521130554, ISBN10: 0521130557

Paperback, 238 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

Did media coverage contribute to Americans' tendency to favor national security over civil liberties following the 9/11 attacks? How did news framing of terrorist threats support the expanding surveillance state revealed by Edward Snowden? Douglas M. McLeod and Dhavan V. Shah explore the power of news coverage to render targeted groups suspicious and to spur support for government surveillance. They argue that the tendency of journalists to frame stories around individual targets of surveillance - personifying the domestic threat - shapes citizens' judgments about tolerance and participation, leading them to limit the civil liberties of a range of groups under scrutiny and to support 'Big Brother'.

Part I. Conceptual Framework
news, national security, and civil liberties
1. Understanding message framing and effects
2. Framing surveillance and the war on terror
Part II. Framing Effects Research
3. Designing the studies with Lucy Atkinson, Seungahn Nah and Hyunseo Hwang
4. Converging cues and the spread of activation with Jaeho Cho and Homero Gil de Zuniga
5. Cognitive complexity and attitude structure with Hyunseo Hwang, Jaeho Cho, Seungahn Nah and Nam-Jin Lee
6. Security concerns and tolerance judgments with Heejo Keum and Hernando Rojas
7. Group perceptions and expressive action with Michael G. Schmierbach, Michael P. Boyle and Cory L. Armstrong
Part III. Implications and Conclusions
8. Covering 'Big Brother'