New Media and American Politics (Transforming American by Richard Davis

By Richard Davis

New Media and American Politics is the 1st e-book to envision the influence on glossy politics of the hot media, which come with speak radio, tabloid journalism, tv speak indicates, leisure media, and laptop networks. Davis and Owen speak about the recent media's cultural setting, viewers, and content material, sooner than happening to judge its impression on every little thing from elections to coverage making to the previous media itself.

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Talk radio hosts have been active in national public policy debates. Their involvement has been most intense and monolithic on positions viewed as clearly populist and antiestablishment. But do new media affect public policy? If they do have an effect, is it because new media mobilize their audiences, as some talk radio hosts claim? Or do policymakers act because they anticipate public reaction or interpret expressions of opinion through the new media as public opinion? The new media have become widely accepted as a potent political force, at least by many politicians.

In other words, what forces have produced a role for the new media in American politics? Chapter 2, "An Environment for New Media," offers explanations for the rise of the new media. Part I: The Role and Content of New Media In this part, we discuss three types of new media in depth. Chapter 3, "Talking Politics," addresses the content of talk radio. How much of it is political? What do talk radio hosts and callers say about politics? Who sets the agenda for talk radio politics, and how is that done?

News used to be defined by editors and reporters as current information that is necessary and important for the public to know. News was linked to an actual event or happening. Today, the definition of news is more malleable and is determined to a large extent by market forces. In fact, even veteran journalists have difficulty agreeing on the definition of news in the current environment. News today is event-driven, but it also involves the reporting of public service information, human interest stories, and data-based trends that need not be late-breaking.

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