The Psychology of Media and Politics

Other | May 1, 2005

byComstock, George, George Comstock, Erica Scharrer

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Research indicates that people discount their own opinions and experiences in favor of those of "experts" as espoused in the media. The framing of news coverage thus has a profound impact on public opinion, and political decision making as a response to public outcry. However, the choice of how to frame the news is typically made to solicit viewership and high ratings rather than to convey accurate and meaningful information. This book discusses why people discount their own opinions, how the media shapes the news, when this drives political decision making, and what the effect is on the future of society.

Issues addressed include:
* How powerful are the media in shaping political beliefs/judgment?
* How has this power changed in recent years?
* How does media influence voting behavior?
* To what extent do media opinions affect political decision making?

* Demonstrates the ways in which the media both constrain and facilitate democratic participation
* Provides insight into why individuals have varying levels of attention to and interest in politics
* Discusses such issues as political advertising, polls, debates, and journalists' pursuit of scandal
* Describes why only some Americans turn out to vote in prominent elections.
* Offers a model of personal- versus social-level influences that extends beyond politics into other important topic areas
* Brings together research and theories from the fields of Communication, Psychology, and Political Science
* Reviews hundreds of key sources, both historical and contemporary

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Research indicates that people discount their own opinions and experiences in favor of those of "experts" as espoused in the media. The framing of news coverage thus has a profound impact on public opinion, and political decision making as a response to public outcry. However, the choice of how to frame the news is typically made to so...

Erica Scharrer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Massachusetts and studies media content, opinions about media, and media influence.

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Format:OtherDimensions:328 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2005Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0080454259

ISBN - 13:9780080454252

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Table of Contents

The Psychology of Media and Politics
George Comstock and Erica Scharrer

Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I
Early Knowledge

Chapter I - Conventional Wisdom
Chapter II - Necessary Corrections

Part II
Press and Public

Chapter III - The New Media
Chapter IV - The Goods
Chapter V - Heterogeneous Faces

Part III
The Collective Self

Chapter VI - Using the Media
Chapter VII - Beyond Politics

References
Epilogue
Author Index
Subject Index