The American Democracy, 10th Edition (Patterson)

Chapter 10: The News Media: Communicating Political Images

Chapter Outline

  1. Historical Development: From the Nation's Founding to Today
    1. The Objective-Journalism Era
    2. The Rise of the "New" News
    3. The Organizational Edge: Economic Groups vs. Citizens' Groups
  2. The Politics of News
    1. The Signaling Function
      1. A Common Version of Reality
      2. Informing the Public, or Attracting an Audience?
    2. The Common-Carrier Function
    3. The Watchdog Function
    4. The Partisan Function
      1. Traditional Media: Mostly Neutral
      2. Talk Shows: Mostly Conservative
      3. The Internet: Mostly Liberal
  3. Attention to News
    1. The Shrinking Audience for News
    2. Age and Attention to News
  4. Media and Public in the Internet Age
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