News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century

Paperback | April 4, 2012

byDavid Tewksbury, Jason Rittenberg

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Online news sites play an ever-pervasive role in the daily gathering and flow of political information. Media has always played an intermediary role in the way that citizens receive and process news, but, with the speed of information transmission, the segmentation of news sources, and therise of citizen journalism, issues of authority, audience, and even the definition of "news" have shifted and become blurred. News on the Internet synthesizes research on developing and current patterns of online news provision with the literature on traditional, offline media to create a conceptualmap for understanding the way that public affairs and news are presented and consumed on the internet. Tewksbury and Rittenberg look at the dual role of the internet as a source of authoritative news and as a vehicle for citizens in contemporary democracies to create and share political information. Throughout, they address the tension between the benefits of internet news provision, specificallyincreased citizen engagement, and the negative, perhaps counterintuitive, effects: the fragmentation of knowledge and polarization of opinion in contemporary democracies. News on the Internet focuses on these points of conflict and contradiction in the online news environment and offers conclusionsand predictions for how these phenomena will develop in the future.

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Online news sites play an ever-pervasive role in the daily gathering and flow of political information. Media has always played an intermediary role in the way that citizens receive and process news, but, with the speed of information transmission, the segmentation of news sources, and therise of citizen journalism, issues of authority...

David Tewksbury is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jason Rittenberg is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Shifting Audiences3. Offline and Online News Content4. News Specialization and Segmentation5. Selecting News Online6. Learning from Online News7. Fragmentation and Polarization of the Audience8. Information Democratization9. Online News and Public AffairsNotesReferencesIndex