The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power

Paperback | August 7, 2013

byAndrew Chadwick

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The diffusion and rapid evolution of new communication technologies has reshaped media and politics. But who are the new power players? Written by a leading scholar in the field, The Hybrid Media System is a sweeping and compelling new theory of how political communication now works.Politics is increasingly defined by organizations, groups, and individuals who are best able to blend older and newer media logics, in what Andrew Chadwick terms a hybrid system. Power is wielded by those who create, tap, and steer information flows to suit their goals and in ways that modify,enable, and disable the power of others, across and between a range of older and newer media.Chadwick examines news making in all of its contemporary "professional" and "amateur" forms, parties and election campaigns, activist movements, and government communication. He presents compelling illustrations of the hybrid media system in flow, from American presidential campaigns to WikiLeaks,from live prime ministerial debates to hotly-contested political scandals, from the daily practices of journalists, campaign workers, and bloggers to the struggles of new activist organizations. This wide-ranging book maps the emerging balance of power between older and newer media technologies,genres, norms, behaviors, and organizational forms. Political communication has entered a new era. This book reveals how the clash of older and newer media logics causes chaos and disintegration but also surprising new patterns of order and integration.

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The diffusion and rapid evolution of new communication technologies has reshaped media and politics. But who are the new power players? Written by a leading scholar in the field, The Hybrid Media System is a sweeping and compelling new theory of how political communication now works.Politics is increasingly defined by organizations, gr...

Andrew Chadwick is Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the New Political Communication Unit in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of the award-winning book Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies, co-edi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199759480

ISBN - 13:9780199759484

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. An Ontology of Hybridity2. All Media Systems Have Been Hybrid3. The Contemporary Contexts of Hybridity4. The Political Information Cycle5. Power, Interdependence, and Hybridity in the Construction of Political News: Understanding WikiLeaks6. Symphonic Consonance in Campaign Communication: Reinterpreting Obama for America7. Systemic Hybridity in the Mediation of the American Presidential Campaign8. Hybrid Norms in News and Journalism9. Hybrid Norms in Activism, Parties, and GovernmentConclusion: Politics and Power in the Hybrid Media SystemList of InterviewsNotesBibliographyIndex