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Photo opportunities, ten-second sound bites, talking heads and celebrity anchors: so the world is explained daily to millions of Americans. The result, according to the experts, is an ignorant public, helpless targets of a one-way flow of carefully filtered and orchestrated communication. Common Knowledge shatters this pervasive myth. Reporting on a ground-breaking study, the authors reveal that our shared knowledge and evolving political beliefs are determined largely by how we actively reinterpret the images, fragments, and signals we find in the mass media.

For their study, the authors analyzed coverage of 150 television and newspaper stories on five prominent issues—drugs, AIDS, South African apartheid, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and the stock market crash of October 1987. They tested audience responses of more than 1,600 people, and conducted in-depth interviews with a select sample. What emerges is a surprisingly complex picture of people actively and critically interpreting the news, making sense of even the most abstract issues in terms of their own lives, and finding political meaning in a sophisticated interplay of message, medium, and firsthand experience.

At every turn, Common Knowledge refutes conventional wisdom. It shows that television is far more effective at raising the saliency of issues and promoting learning than is generally assumed; it also undermines the assumed causal connection between newspaper reading and higher levels of political knowledge. Finally, this book gives a deeply responsible and thoroughly fascinating account of how the news is conveyed to us, and how we in turn convey it to others, making meaning of at once so much and so little. For anyone who makes the news—or tries to make anything of it—Common Knowledge promises uncommon wisdom.

Synopsis:

List of FiguresList of TablesPreface1. Knowledge in Common2. The Study Design3. Five Issues, Three News Media4. Making Sense of the News5. Media Matter6. Learning from the News7. Constructing MeaningAn Appendix on MethodNotesReferencesIndex

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-163) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

1. Knowledge in Common

2. The Study Design

3. Five Issues, Three News Media

4. Making Sense of the News

5. Media Matter

6. Learning from the News

7. Constructing Meaning

An Appendix on Method

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226574400
With:
Just, Marion R.
With:
Crigler, Ann N.
With:
Just, Marion R.
Author:
Neuman, W. Russell
Author:
Just, Marion R.
Author:
Crigler, Ann N.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Developing countries
Subject:
Political socialization
Subject:
Developing countries Social conditions 20th century.
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Journalism -- Political aspects.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
19921031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 line drawings, 19 tables
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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