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Political Junkies

Political Junkies

Author: Claire Bond Potter

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781541645004

Category: History

Page: 368

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A wide-ranging history of seventy years of change in political media, and how it transformed -- and fractured -- American politics With fake news on Facebook, trolls on Twitter, and viral outrage everywhere, it's easy to believe that the internet changed politics entirely. In Political Junkies, historian Claire Bond Potter shows otherwise, revealing the roots of today's dysfunction by situating online politics in a longer history of alternative political media. From independent newsletters in the 1950s to talk radio in the 1970s to cable television in the 1980s, pioneers on the left and right developed alternative media outlets that made politics more popular, and ultimately, more partisan. When campaign operatives took up e-mail, blogging, and social media, they only supercharged these trends. At a time when political engagement has never been greater and trust has never been lower, Political Junkies is essential reading for understanding how we got here.

Political Campaign Communication

Political Campaign Communication

Author: Larry Powell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317345626

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Political Campaign Communication: Inside and Out examines the ins and outs of political campaigning through the eyes of both an academic and a political consultant. This text takes a unique approach to the subject of campaign communication by examining its intricacies from views both inside and outside of the process. Unlike many texts in this field, Political Campaign Communication: Inside and Out takes a broad view of political campaigning, discussing theories and principles, along with topics such as political socialization, the role of money, ethics, and critical events.

New Politics, New Parliament?

New Politics, New Parliament?

Author: Alex Brazier


ISBN: PSU:000059290155

Category: Constitutional law

Page: 110

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A review of the modernisation of parliamentary procedures and practices since 1997New Politics, New Parliament?, analyses the modernisation of parliamentary procedures and practices that have occurred since 1997, and explores whether they have been successful in strengthening the role of Parliament and considering what future steps should be taken.

Processing Politics

Processing Politics

Author: Doris A. Graber

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226305769

Category: Political Science

Page: 231

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How often do we hear that Americans are so ignorant about politics that their civic competence is impaired, and that the media are to blame because they do a dismal job of informing the public? Processing Politics shows that average Americans are far smarter than the critics believe. Integrating a broad range of current research on how people learn (from political science, social psychology, communication, physiology, and artificial intelligence), Doris Graber shows that televised presentations—at their best—actually excel at transmitting information and facilitating learning. She critiques current political offerings in terms of their compatibility with our learning capacities and interests, and she considers the obstacles, both economic and political, that affect the content we receive on the air, on cable, or on the Internet. More and more people rely on information from television and the Internet to make important decisions. Processing Politics offers a sound, well-researched defense of these remarkably versatile media, and challenges us to make them work for us in our democracy.

Politics Is for Power

Politics Is for Power

Author: Eitan Hersh

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 9781982116781

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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A brilliant condemnation of political hobbyism—treating politics like entertainment—and a call to arms for well-meaning, well-informed citizens who consume political news, but do not take political action. Who is to blame for our broken politics? The uncomfortable answer to this question starts with ordinary citizens with good intentions. We vote (sometimes) and occasionally sign a petition or attend a rally. But we mainly “engage” by consuming politics as if it’s a sport or a hobby. We soak in daily political gossip and eat up statistics about who’s up and who’s down. We tweet and post and share. We crave outrage. The hours we spend on politics are used mainly as pastime. Instead, we should be spending the same number of hours building political organizations, implementing a long-term vision for our city or town, and getting to know our neighbors, whose votes will be needed for solving hard problems. We could be accumulating power so that when there are opportunities to make a difference—to lobby, to advocate, to mobilize—we will be ready. But most of us who are spending time on politics today are focused inward, choosing roles and activities designed for our short-term pleasure. We are repelled by the slow-and-steady activities that characterize service to the common good. In Politics Is for Power, pioneering and brilliant data analyst Eitan Hersh shows us a way toward more effective political participation. Aided by political theory, history, cutting-edge social science, as well as remarkable stories of ordinary citizens who got off their couches and took political power seriously, this book shows us how to channel our energy away from political hobbyism and toward empowering our values.



Author: Kevin A. Hill

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015046500297

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Is the Internet poised to replace television as the central means of political communication? Will the advent of computer communication create a new era of citizen activism? Will the Internet ultimately lend itself more to political accountability and access or to exclusion and extremism? Is cyberspace truly the domain of the ideological right? In answering these questions, Cyberpolitics goes beyond the hype to analyze the content of political discussion on the Internet and to see how the Internet is being used politically. Empirical research translated into dozens of graphically compelling figures and tables illuminates for the first time Internet characteristics heretofore only speculated about: Who are the 'cybercitizens' using the Internet, how do they participate in the political process, and who uses the Internet most effectively to accomplish political ends? The bottom line the authors reach should be reassuring to Internet utopians and dystopians alike: As the Internet grows, it will change the nature of political action, discourse, and effect less than it will itself be changed by politics. Along the way, we learn a lot about politics on the Internet and off_in the U.S. and around the world; left, right, and center.

The Political Pundits

The Political Pundits

Author: Dan D. Nimmo

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: UOM:39015021549533

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

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Nimmo and Combs discuss the key role political analysts play, their methods and strategies, and the potential danger they pose to American democracy--by transforming it into a "punditocracy" which replaces serious citizen debate with discussion guided by show business values. Punditry, Nimmo and Combs argue, produces symbolic rather than effective healing of political ills, political paternalism rather than political reflection, and, in the end, public disenchantment with politics.