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News Gap When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge

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ISBN-10: 0262019833

ISBN-13: 9780262019835

Edition: 2013

Authors: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Eugenia Mitchelstein

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Description:

The sites of major media organizations -- CNN, USA Today, theGuardian, and others -- provide the public with much of the online news theyconsume. But although a large proportion of the top stories these sites disseminate cover politics,international relations, and economics, users of these sites show a preference (as evidenced by themost viewed stories) for news about sports, crime, entertainment, and weather. In this book, PabloBoczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein examine this gap and consider the implications for the mediaindustry and democratic life in the digital age.Drawing on analyses of more than50,000 stories posted on twenty news sites in seven countries in North and South America and WesternEurope, Boczkowski and Mitchelstein find that the gap in news preferences exists regardless ofideological orientation or national media culture. They show that it narrows in times of heightenedpolitical activity (including presidential elections or government crises) as readers feel compelledto inform themselves about public affairs but remains wide during times of normal politicalactivity. Boczkowski and Mitchelstein also find that the gap is not affected by innovations inWeb-native forms of storytelling such as blogs and user-generated content on mainstream news sites.Drawing upon these findings, they explore the news gap's troubling consequences for the matrix thatconnects communication, technology, and politics in the digital age.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/8/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Pablo J. Boczkowski is Cecil and Ida Green Career DevelopmentAssistant Professor of Organization Studies at MIT Sloan School ofManagement.

Eugenia Mitchelstein is a PhD candidate in the Program in Media, Technology, and Society atNorthwestern University.

Acknowledgments
A Note About the Figures
When Supply and Demand Don't Meet
The Divergence in the Content Choices of Journalists and Consumers
The Difference Politics Makes
How Storytelling Matters
Clicking on What's Interesting, Emailing What's Bizarre or Useful, and Commenting on What's Controversial
The Meaning of the News Gap for Media and Democracy
Coda
Appendix
Notes
References
Index