The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power

The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power

Paperback Oxford Studies in Digital Politics

By (author) Andrew Chadwick

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 22mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 19 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0199759480
  • ISBN 13: 9780199759484
  • Sales rank: 313,245

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The diffusion and rapid evolution of new communication technologies has reshaped media and politics. But who are the new power players? Written by a leading scholar in the field, The Hybrid Media System is a sweeping and compelling new theory of how political communication now works. Politics is increasingly defined by organizations, groups, and individuals who are best able to blend older and newer media logics, in what Andrew Chadwick terms a hybrid system. Power is wielded by those who create, tap, and steer information flows to suit their goals and in ways that modify, enable, and disable the power of others, across and between a range of older and newer media. Chadwick examines news making in all of its contemporary "professional" and "amateur" forms, parties and election campaigns, activist movements, and government communication. He presents compelling illustrations of the hybrid media system in flow, from American presidential campaigns to WikiLeaks, from live prime ministerial debates to hotly-contested political scandals, from the daily practices of journalists, campaign workers, and bloggers to the struggles of new activist organizations. This wide-ranging book maps the emerging balance of power between older and newer media technologies, genres, norms, behaviors, and organizational forms. Political communication has entered a new era. This book reveals how the clash of older and newer media logics causes chaos and disintegration but also surprising new patterns of order and integration.

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Author information

Andrew Chadwick is Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the New Political Communication Unit in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of the award-winning book Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies, co-editor (with Philip N. Howard) of The Handbook of Internet Politics, and the founding editor of the OUP book series, Oxford Studies in Digital Politics.

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"The lesson from Andrew Chadwick's The Hybrid Media System is both simple and profound: we are all hybrids now. The book offers a clarion call for studying the various hybrid 'logics' that help define the current media system. 21st century Political communication, Chadwick argues, cannot be neatly divided into a competition between new and old media effects. Instead, Chadwick directs our attention towards the messy in-betweens that construct power in the media system through their interactions. This is an important and timely book." -- Information Polity"This book blows up the old categories of media. Forget about organizational boundaries, gatekeeping, and simple distinctions between information producers and consumers. We have entered an age of hybrid media in which changing assemblages of communication are transforming political processes. Chadwick explains how to understand these hybrid systems, and raises the possibility that the proliferation and democratization of communication technologies will make hybridity the new norm."--W. Lance Bennett, Professor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication, University of Washington "For too long, accounts of digital media and democratization have relied on generalized narratives of transformation. Andrew Chadwick's new book by contrast focuses on what people actually do with today's combinations of old and new media, particularly those in media or politics whose professional lives are devoted to managing that interface. Through a concept of 'hybrid media' well-grounded in media history and social theory, Chadwick provides a smart and much-needed manual for an age of bewildering change."--Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications, and Social Theory, London School of Economics "Chadwick's approach offers several important hypotheses and insights that political communication scholars will do well to examine in further empirical detail... [His] primary aim is to peel away the misbegotten dichotomies shaping so many current debates surrounding contemporary political communication and to present alternative frameworks that go beyond those dichotomies. In that aim, he is extraordinarily successful." --Media, Culture, & Society..".[T]his is an important book, already cited as seminal in the field of political communication." --CHOICE"Chadwick approaches media with considerable theoretical nuance and a rigorously empirical sensibility. Most importantly, the book directly and accessibly addresses a set of questions that have significant implications across sociology, political science, and media and communication research-as well as outside the academy-concerning how power, citizenship, and democracy work in hybrid media environments." - Social Forces

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Introduction ; 1. An Ontology of Hybridity ; 2. All Media Systems Have Been Hybrid ; 3. The Contemporary Contexts of Hybridity ; 4. The Political Information Cycle ; 5. Power, Interdependence, and Hybridity in the Construction of Political News: Understanding WikiLeaks ; 6. Symphonic Consonance in Campaign Communication: Reinterpreting Obama for America ; 7. Systemic Hybridity in the Mediation of the American Presidential Campaign ; 8. Hybrid Norms in News and Journalism ; 9. Hybrid Norms in Activism, Parties, and Government ; Conclusion: Politics and Power in the Hybrid Media System ; List of Interviews ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index