News Frames and National Security

News Frames and National Security : Covering Big Brother

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Did media coverage contribute to Americans' tendency to favor national security over civil liberties following the 9/11 attacks? How did news framing of terrorist threats support the expanding surveillance state revealed by Edward Snowden? Douglas M. McLeod and Dhavan V. Shah explore the power of news coverage to render targeted groups suspicious and to spur support for government surveillance. They argue that the tendency of journalists to frame stories around individual targets of surveillance - personifying the domestic threat - shapes citizens' judgments about tolerance and participation, leading them to limit the civil liberties of a range of groups under scrutiny and to support 'Big Brother'.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 28 b/w illus. 6 tables
  • 1139022202
  • 9781139022200

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Part I. Conceptual Framework: Introduction: news, national security, and civil liberties; 1. Understanding message framing and effects; 2. Framing surveillance and the war on terror; Part II. Framing Effects Research: 3. Designing the studies with Lucy Atkinson, Seungahn Nah and Hyunseo Hwang; 4. Converging cues and the spread of activation with Jaeho Cho and Homero Gil de Zuniga; 5. Cognitive complexity and attitude structure with Hyunseo Hwang, Jaeho Cho, Seungahn Nah and Nam-Jin Lee; 6. Security concerns and tolerance judgments with Heejo Keum and Hernando Rojas; 7. Group perceptions and expressive action with Michael G. Schmierbach, Michael P. Boyle and Cory L. Armstrong; Part III. Implications and Conclusions: 8. Covering 'Big Brother'; Appendixes.
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About Douglas M. McLeod

Douglas M. McLeod is the Evjue Centennial Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research centers on communication content and effects, focusing on social conflicts and the mass media as well as framing and priming effects on attitudes and behaviors. Dhavan V. Shah is the Louis A. and Mary E. Maier-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is Director of the Mass Communication Research Center. His work focuses on framing effects on social judgments, digital media influence on civic and political engagement, and the impact of health.
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