Mass Media, Politics and Democracy

ISBN-10: 1403947341

ISBN-13: 9781403947345

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: John Street

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"Mass Media, Politics and Democracy" provides a broad overview of all aspects of the relationship between the media and politics. Drawing its examples from a wide range of developed liberal democracies, the book combines an accessible account of the political impact and regulation of the mass media today with an assessment of the democratic potential and anti-democratic dangers of new media technologies.
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

John Street is a Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Representing Politics
Political Bias
Why does bias matter?
Defining bias
Types of bias
The Bad News studies
Manufacturing Consent
Critiques of bias research
Constructing reality?
Conclusion
Telling Tales: The Reporting of Politics
Frames versus biases
Producing news
Genres and political coverage
Telling political stories
We the people
Explaining political stories
Conclusion
It's Just for Fun: Politics and Entertainment
Political satire: politics as deluded and corrupt
Politics as conspiracy
Entertainment as propaganda
The politics of identity: from soap opera to sport
Conclusion
Media Effects
Seeing is believing?
Under the influence?
Press and voting behaviour
Television and voting behaviour
Influence beyond the ballot box
Elite effects
Media consumption in context
Conclusion
The Political Economy of Mass Media
State Control and State Propaganda
Systems of control
Censorship
Secrecy
Propaganda
Regulation
Comparing media systems
Conclusion
Conglomerate Control: Media Moguls and Media Power
Media empires
Ownership and control
The power of Rupert Murdoch
Readers and viewers
Advertisers
Reconsidering media power
Conclusion
Watchdogs or Lapdogs? The Politics of Journalism
The power of the spin doctor?
The rise of churnalism
Investigative journalism and the 'dumbing down' of news
Models of journalism
Conclusion
Dream Worlds: Globalization and the Webs of Power
Global players
A history of the future
Globalization or internationalization?
Conglomerates, governments and identities
Conclusion
Mass Media and Democracy
Transforming Political Communication? The Rise of Political Marketing and Celebrity Politics
Packaging politics
Packaging techniques
Arguing about marketing
The rise of the celebrity politician
The critique of celebrity politics
In defence of celebrity politics
Judging by appearance
Politics as media performance
Conclusion
New Media, New Politics?
Transforming politics? A five-step programme
E-democracy: practice and promises
The argument for e-democracy
The argument against e-democracy
New media and politics
Conclusion
Power and Mass Media
Discursive power
Access power
Resource power
Theories of media power
Conclusion
A Free Press: Democracy and Mass Media
Liberal democracy and the free press
The value of free speech
The limits to free speech
Free press/free market?
Democratic regulation?
Conclusion
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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