By Pippa Norris
Is the method of political communications by way of the inside track media and by way of events liable for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle units out to problem the traditional knowledge that it's. in line with a comparative exam of the position of the inside track media and events in postindustrial societies, this examine argues that instead of mistakenly "blaming the messenger" we have to comprehend and confront extra deep-rooted flaws within the platforms of consultant democracy.
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The premise for the argument advanced here begins with certain general propositions about the nature of representative democracy and the role of the news media in that context, which serve as normative assumptions for the book. We then develop certain specific indices of 33 THE NEWS MEDIA AND CIVIC MALAISE media performance that we argue flow from these premises. To summarize the argument, in the Schumpeterian tradition we define representative democracy procedurally as a set of institutions that function to allow pluralistic competition for power, public participation through free, fair, and periodic elections, and civil rights and political liberties.
Because much of the impetus for the media malaise thesis originated in the United States, Chapter 13 will use fifty years of NES data to examine similar patterns in American public opinion. 12 THE NEWS MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE NEWS INDUSTRY The central argument developed in this book distinguishes among the production, content, and effect of political communication. 1). Part II examines how the structure of the news industry has evolved in response to technological, socioeconomic, and political developments in the postwar era.
Popular accounts often assume 36 UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS a causal connection if negative news about government has grown in recent years along with public cynicism about political institutions. 2 The media are then believed to exert a diffuse, long-term, and cumulative influence on the political culture. It is the steady repetition of messages over and over again, not individual exposure, that is thought to entrench mainstream orientations in most viewers. 3 As encapsulated by Austin Ranney: 'It is hard not to put two facts side by side: one is the fact that the age of television began in the 1950s and reached its presen dominance by the mid-1960s; the other is the fact that the rise in public cynicism has been continuous through the same period.
A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies (Communication, Society and Politics) by Pippa Norris