Post-broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Inequality In Political Involvement And Polarizes Elections by Markus PriorPost-broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Inequality In Political Involvement And Polarizes Elections by Markus Prior

Post-broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Inequality In Political Involvement And…

byMarkus Prior

Paperback | April 2, 2007

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The media environment is changing. Today in the United States, the average viewer can choose from hundreds of channels, including several twenty-four hour news channels. News is on cell phones, on iPods, and online; it has become a ubiquitous and unavoidable reality in modern society. The purpose of this book is to examine systematically, how these differences in access and form of media affect political behaviour. Using experiments and new survey data, it shows how changes in the media environment reverberate through the political system, affecting news exposure, political learning, turnout, and voting behavior.
Markus Prior is an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.The dissertation on which this book is based won the E. E. Schattschneider Award awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in American governm...
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Title:Post-broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Inequality In Political Involvement And…Format:PaperbackDimensions:338 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:April 2, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521675332

ISBN - 13:9780521675338

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Conditional political learning; Part I. The Participatory Effects of Media Choice: 3. Broadcast television, political knowledge, and turnout; 4. From low choice to high choice: the impact of cable tv and internet on news exposure, political knowledge, and turnout; 5. From low choice to high choice: does greater media choice affect total news consumption and average turnout?; Part II. The Political Effects of Media Choice: 6. Broadcast television, partisanship, and the incumbency advantage; 7. Partisan polarization in the high-choice media environment; 8. Divided by choice: audience fragmentation and political inequality in the post-broadcast media environment.

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"[Prior] presents a highly compelling story by building his case carefully and thoroughly using a wide array of data, aggregate and individual, covering many decades and areas ranging from the history of broadcasting to activities of Congressional incumbents. Despite the complexity of the question asked and multiple methods used, the prose is lucid and easy to follow." Journal of Politics, Keiko Ono, Millikin University