Democracy without Citizens

Democracy without Citizens : Media and the Decay of American Politics

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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 occurs with such interaction. Drawing illustrations mainly from the Carter and Reagan years, the book shows the dilemma facing the news media and their audience today. The book offers a portrait of citizenship in America, defined by the public's changing levels of political knowledge and participation from 1952 to 1984. Politically unsophisticated, the mass audience prefers simple, symbolic news, which means that journalists can offer little of the detached, detailed explorations of policy issues that would provide the public with the information needed to hold government to close account.show more

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
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  • 0195053133
  • 9780195053135

About Robert Entman

About the Author: Robert Entman teaches public policy studies and political science at Duke University and is co-author of Media Power Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale.show more

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