On Media: Making Sense of Politics

Paperback | September 28, 2011

byDoris A. Graber

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Even as more and more communications avenues open up, are Americans losing their political IQ? Some democratic theorists bemoan citizen apathy, ignorance, and incapacity to make sound political judgments. Renowned media scholar Doris Graber contends that such assessments are based onimpractical and outmoded models of measuring citizen awareness and engagement. Using what she calls "reality-based" research methods and a sensitivity to contemporary trends, Graber finds that average people understand many political issues and can think about them in complex ways. She reports hernew research on learning from entertainment offerings, emphasizing its novel aspects, including experiments, interviews, message board analyses, and stimulus dramas. The book includes companion studies carried out in the Netherlands and Greece designed to test whether the American findings are culture-specific or hold true across cultural settings. A capstone reflection by a communications authority, On Media offers new approaches to timeworn topics and projectsan emerging image of public political knowledge that is at once encouraging, inspirational, and fascinating in its contour and detail.

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Even as more and more communications avenues open up, are Americans losing their political IQ? Some democratic theorists bemoan citizen apathy, ignorance, and incapacity to make sound political judgments. Renowned media scholar Doris Graber contends that such assessments are based onimpractical and outmoded models of measuring citizen ...

Doris A. Graber is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has authored or edited numerous books including, most recently, the eighth edition of Media Power in Politics (2010). A Chineese edition of The Power of Communication also appeared in 2010.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945985

ISBN - 13:9780199945986

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Can Average Americans Make Sense of Politics?2. The Adequacy of the News Supply3. Television Dramas as News Sources4. Insights about Television Dramas: What Americans Told Us5. Learning from Television Dramas: What Europeans Told Us6. Looking back and looking forwardAppendix A: The Interviewer ProtocolAppendix B: Directions for Analyzing Message BoardsAppendix C: Directions for Coders of LexisNexisNotesReferencesIndexAbout the Author