Is Anyone Responsible? How Television Frames Political Issues

ISBN-10: 0226388557
ISBN-13: 9780226388557
Edition: N/A
Authors: Shanto Iyengar
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Description: A disturbingly cautionary tale, Is Anyone Responsible? anchors with powerful evidence suspicions about the way in which television has impoverished political discourse in the United States and at the same time molds American political consciousness.  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/17/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 206
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A disturbingly cautionary tale, Is Anyone Responsible? anchors with powerful evidence suspicions about the way in which television has impoverished political discourse in the United States and at the same time molds American political consciousness. It is essential reading for media critics, psychologists, political analysts, and all the citizens who want to be sure that their political opinions are their own. "Not only does it provide convincing evidence for particular effects of media fragmentation, but it also explores some of the specific mechanisms by which television works its damage. . . . Here is powerful additional evidence for those of us who like to flay television for its contributions to the trivialization of public discourse and the erosion of democratic accountability."--William A. Gamson, Contemporary Sociology "Iyengar's book has substantial merit. . . . [His] experimental methods offer a precision of measurement that media effects research seldom attains. I believe, moreover, that Iyengar's notion of framing effects is one of the truly important theoretical concepts to appear in recent years."--Thomas E. Patterson, American Political Science Review

Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. Iyengar's areas of expertise include the role of mass media in democratic societies, public opinion, and political psychology. Iyengar's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Hewlett Foundation. He is the recipient of several professional awards, including the Philip E. Converse Book Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in the field of public opinion, the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award, and the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University. He has authored or edited several books including News That Matters, Is Anyone Responsible? and Explorations in Political Psychology.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Responsibility Matters
Framing Effects of News Coverage
Methods of Research
Effects of Framing on Attributions of Responsibility for Crime and Terrorism
Effects of Framing on Attributions of Responsibility for Poverty, Unemployment, and Racial Inequality
Effects of Framing on Attributions of Responsibility for the Iran-Contra Affair
Effects of Attributions on Issue-Specific Opinions
Effects of Attributions on General Opinions
The Role of Individual Differences Conclusion
Content Analysis
Field Experiments
Correlational Analysis
Notes
References
Index

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