The Psychology Of Media And Politics

Hardcover | April 14, 2005

byGeorge Comstock, Erica ScharrerEditorGeorge Comstock

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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...

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The media have a central role in modern politics. They provide the knowledge that individuals gather and consider about candidates and their platforms, the basis on which impressions of candidates are formed and emotional responses to contemporary issues are inspired, as well as a forum in which these ideas are gleaned from and discuss...

George Comstock earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University. He currently is the S.I. Newhouse Professor at the School of Public Communication, Syracuse University in the Television-Radio-Film Department. He is the author ofTelevision and the American Childand was the senior author of the originalTelevision and Human Behavior.Professor Com...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 14, 2005Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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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

Editorial Reviews

"...a compendium of often interesting theories, studies, and typologies."
--Stuart Fischoff for PsycCRITIQUES - Volume 51, Issue 46