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On media : making sense of politics

Author: Doris A Graber
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Series: On politics (New York, N.Y.)
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Even as more and more communications avenues open up, are Americans losing their political IQ? Some democratic theorists bemoan citizen apathy, ignorance, and incapacity to make sound political judgments. Renowned media scholar Doris Graber contends that such assessments are based on impractical and outmoded models of measuring citizen awareness and engagement. Using what she calls "reality-based" research methods  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doris A Graber
ISBN: 9780199945986 0199945985 9780199945979 0199945977
OCLC Number: 809195938
Description: xviii, 201 pages : illustrations, tables ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Can average Americans make sense of politics? --
The adequacy of the news supply --
Television dramas as news sources --
Telescoping the interviews --
Microscoping the interviews --
Looking back and looking forward --
Conclusion: ending on a positive note.
Series Title: On politics (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Doris Graber.
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Even as more and more communications avenues open up, are Americans losing their political IQ? Some democratic theorists bemoan citizen apathy, ignorance, and incapacity to make sound political judgments. Renowned media scholar Doris Graber contends that such assessments are based on impractical and outmoded models of measuring citizen awareness and engagement. Using what she calls "reality-based" research methods and a sensitivity to contemporary trends, Graber finds that average people understand many political issues and can think about them in complex ways. She reports her new research on learning from entertainment offerings, emphasizing its novel aspects, including experiments, interviews, message board analyses, and stimulus dramas. The book includes companion studies carried out in the Netherlands and Greece designed to test whether the American findings are culture-specific or hold true across cultural settings. A capstone reflection by a communications authority, On Media offers new approaches to timeworn topics and projects an emerging image of public political knowledge that is at once encouraging, inspirational, and fascinating in its contour and detail.

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On Media provides an intriguing starting point for anyone interested in the impact of the media upon politics. Amy P. Smith, Royal Holloway, University of London, Political Studies Review

 
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