Mass media, politics and democracy /

This text provides a broad-ranging analysis of the relationship between the media and politics, covering the representation of politics in the media, the political impact of the media, the regulation of the media and the current and potential place of mass media in democratic societies. Systematical...

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Main Author: Street, John, 1952-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Edition: 2nd ed.
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This book details the relationship between politics and the mass media, arguing that there is power in this relationship. The work is divided into three parts. The first section presents information on how media coverage is constructed and on its impact, and addresses issues of bias, framing, and the politics of entertainment. In the second section, institutional and economic considerations are analyzed. This includes a discussion of the role of large media conglomerates, the role and power of journalists, and globalization. The third section addresses current changes in the media environment and considers debates about the marketing of politics and "the rise of the celebrity politician." Street (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) does include a discussion of new media technologies, but "argues for caution in the face of media hyperbole," arguing that "[t]he political uses of new media are not inscribed in the technology itself, but in the interplay with the political order into which they are introduced." Street concludes that readers should pay attention to the complexities involved in the interplay of politics and mass media and critically examine how news is constructed. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates and above. L. J. Roselle Elon University

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