New Media and American Politics

Paperback | April 1, 1998

byRichard Davis, Diana Owen

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New media have a major impact on all aspects of American political life. Presidential candidates appear in "electronic town meetings"; talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy lead dedicated bands of followers; tabloids break the Monica Lewinsky scandal with alarming speed.Traditional sources of information are increasingly altered by the presence of new media. New Media and American Politics is the first survey by political scientists of this recent and still-emerging phenomenon. The book is broadly cast to cover talk radio and television, tabloid journalism both in print and on television, entertainment media, and computer networks. How much do thenew media alter the content of American politics, and influence how issues are raised, discussed, and resolved? Who uses new media and why? What are the political orientations of new media audiences? The authors address each of these questions, but more importantly they provide a framework forfurther examination of the new media's overall impact on politics. The first of its kind, this book will appeal to political scientists, journalists, scholars and students of Communications, and general readers interested in how new technologies are changing our political system.

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New media have a major impact on all aspects of American political life. Presidential candidates appear in "electronic town meetings"; talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy lead dedicated bands of followers; tabloids break the Monica Lewinsky scandal with alarming speed.Traditional sources of information are increasin...

Richard Davis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Diana Owen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195120612

ISBN - 13:9780195120615

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Table of Contents

1. Defining the New Media2. An Environment for the New Media3. Talking Politics4. Showing Politics: Tabloid Journalism and Entertainment Television5. Typing Politics: Computer Networks6. The Audiences7. Audience Attitudes8. Shaping Old Media9. Shaping Presidential Campaigns10. Shaping the Policy Agenda11. Popular Voice or Demagogic Tool

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"...this book is...rich in data and analysis. Media scholars at all levels of expertise will benefit from the questions it raises about the interface of politics and journalism in the New Media Age."--The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science