Democracy without citizens : media and the decay of American politics (Book, 1989) [St. Mary's University Blume Library]
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Democracy without citizens : media and the decay of American politics

Author: Robert M Entman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Entman argues that a vicious circle of interdependence exists between journalism and the United States audience, because the sophistication of the citizenry does not support high-quality, independent political discourse, so that journalism becomes more of a "spin" machine which caters to specific demographic markets.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Entman, Robert M.
Democracy without citizens.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)583007254
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Entman
ISBN: 0195053133 9780195053135 019506576X 9780195065763
OCLC Number: 18381745
Description: xii, 232 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Pt 1 : Understanding media influence. The dilemma of journalism : democracy without citizens ; Objectivity, bias, and slant in the news ; Straight talk on slanted news : "bias" and accountability in reporting Carter and Reagan ; How the media affect what people think : and think they think --
Pt 2 : Improving journalism. Newspaper competition and free press ideals : does monopoly matter? ; Faith and mystification in broadcast deregulation ; Improving journalism by enhancing citizenship --
Appendix A. Citizenship and opinions : data and statistical analysis --
Appendix B. Public opinion impacts : data and statistical analysis --
Appendix C. Newspaper competition : data and statistical analysis.
Responsibility: Robert M. Entman.

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This is an analysis of the failure of the interaction between the news media and their audiences to create the democratic potential everyone assumes should occur. Drawing illustrations mainly from  Read more...
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An important contribution to our understanding of both the role and limitations of the press in advancing the democratic agenda. * Marvin Kalb, Harvard University * Entman's study shows how media-fed Read more...

 
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