By W. Lance Bennett, Robert M. Entman
This e-book explores the altering nature of democracy in gentle of dramatic alterations within the media of mass conversation: the web, the decline of community tv information and the day-by-day newspaper; the becoming tendency to regard election campaigns as competing product ads; the blurring traces between information, advertisements, and leisure. It explores such questions as: Does the net make it more straightforward for electorate to discover political info? Do modern day hugely aggressive outdated and new mass media serve the wishes of democratic citizenship? Does the hot media setting produce public opinion that's roughly manipulated, or manipulated in new methods?
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For example, the Lewinsky scandal raised the interesting counterfactual question of how the public might have judged the president if his behavior constituted sexual harassment. There is evidence that public judgments about Clinton’s relations with other women beyond Lewinsky, when considered with Lewinsky’s strong assertion that their relationship was consensual, affected the common categorization of the affair in ways that protected Clinton’s approval scores (Lawrence, Bennett, and Hunt 1999).
Perhaps most importantly, the empirical discovery that all of the people are not swayed by all of the political messages, all of the time, hardly establishes a high standard for democratic achievement. In short, putting the main focus of mediated political communication on opinion responses to message content variables misses many other important and measurable characteristics of political communication on which the quality of democracy depends. POLITICS IN MEDIATED SOCIETIES: THE UNITED STATES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE By the end of the twentieth century, virtually every country (democratic and otherwise) had seen a shift in the locus of influential political communication to the mass media.
For political communication this may mean that both political inputs and citizen expectations have become more personalized, and thereby less likely to be satisfied by standard government action. For these and other reasons, social knowledge, interest in and support for government, and common political identifications have become less widely shared. Chap. 21, by Rahn and Rudolph, discusses these results in detail. THE RISE OF THE INTERNET. In the Internet world, individual audience members split off into tens of thousands of different message environments at a given time, in contrast to the halcyon days of television’s dominance, when tens of millions joined in simultaneously watching one of three or four shows.