Media and the Restyling of Politics

Consumerism, Celebrity and Cynicism

Author: John Corner,Dick Pels

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761949213

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

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Bringing together the work of leading academics in media and cultural studies, this book questions the ways in which emerging forms of political style relate not only to new conventions of celebrity and publicity but to ideas about representation, citizenship and the democratic process.

Political Culture and Media Genre

Beyond the News

Author: Kay Richardson,Katy Parry,John Corner

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230354092

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

View: 5035

This book explores the forms and meanings of mediated politics beyond the news cycle. It encompasses genres drawn from television, radio, the press and the internet, assessing their individual and collective contribution to contemporary political culture through textual analysis and thematic review, including attention to audience responses and reflections. The academic study of political communication usually focuses on political journalism – the challenges it faces, the economic, political and social conditions under which it operates, and the implications for a healthy public sphere. But mediated politics goes well beyond the news coverage. Politicians and their activities are evaluated by columnists and bloggers, lampooned in cartoons, narrativised in dramas, satirised in broadcasting panel shows, and discussed, in different ways, by citizens themselves. Through these genres and others, the world of politics is kept at the forefront of mediated culture. 'Beyond the news' is where judgments are publicly made, the imagination gets to work and emotion as well as information is mobilised, variously addressed to different parts of the national audience, and variously relevant to citizens' understandings of, and feelings towards, politics itself.

Politicians, Personal Image and the Construction of Political Identity

A Comparative Study of the UK and Italy

Author: C. Archetti

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137353422

Category: Social Science

Page: 108

View: 1979

Is the media obsession with image leading to a degeneration of politics? Are politicians more concerned with their appearances than with policy substance? Through the evidence provided by over 50 interviews with politicians across the UK and Italy - local councillors, MPs and MEPs - this book provides a very different picture of the world of politics than the one we often cynically imagine. By relying on extensive excerpts from frank and colorful conversations with the interviewees, the analysis develops a new multidisciplinary model to understand the 'mediatization' of politics and the way the personal image of elected representatives is constructed in the age of interconnectedness.

Political Communication and Social Theory

Author: Aeron Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136940278

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Political Communication and Social Theory presents an advanced and challenging text for students and scholars of political communication and mass media in democracies. It draws together work from across political communication, media sociology and political sociology, and includes a mix of theoretical debate and current examples from several democratic media systems. Its wide ranging discussions both introduce and contest the traditional scholarship on a number of contemporary topics and issues. These include: comparative political and media systems theories of democracy, representation and the public sphere political party communication, marketing and elections the production of news media and public policy media sociology and journalist-source relations celebrity politics, popular culture and political leadership new media and online democracy national-global politics and international political communication foreign policy-making, war and media the crisis of public communication in established democracies. At the same time, Political Communication and Social Theory also offers a fascinating investigation of the causes of crisis in established political and media systems. In today’s democracies, trust in politicians, state institutions and mainstream media sources has dropped to new lows. The traditional business model that sustained journalism is failing and nations are struggling to respond to the existing global recession and impending environmental and resource crises. Drawing on interviews with over 100 experienced politicians, journalists and civil servants, Aeron Davis explores how the varied political actors and communicative processes, at the centre of UK democracy, may or may not be contributing to such crisis tendencies.

Women Political Leaders and the Media

Author: D. Campus

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137295546

Category: Political Science

Page: 147

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This book analyzes how the media covers women leaders and reinforces gendered evaluations of their candidacies and performance. It deals with current transformations in political communication that may change the nature and scope of leadership in contemporary democracies with implications for relations between female leaders, media and citizens.

Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts

The New Face of War

Author: Z. Kampf,T. Liebes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137313218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 187

View: 869

What links the interviews with Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on British and American TV, the chase of journalists following mega-terrorists, and the new status conferred on ordinary people at war? Transforming Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts offers a timely and original discussion on the shift in war journalism in recent years.

Social Media and Democracy

Innovations in Participatory Politics

Author: Brian D. Loader,Dan Mercea

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136459707

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 6540

This book critically investigates the complex interaction between social media and contemporary democratic politics, and provides a grounded analysis of the emerging importance of Social media in civic engagement. Social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have increasingly been adopted by politicians, political activists and social movements as a means to engage, organize and communicate with citizens worldwide. Drawing on Obama’s Presidential campaign, opposition and protests in the Arab states, and the mobilization of support for campaigns against tuition fee increases and the UK Uncut demonstrations, this book presents evidence-based research and analysis. Renowned international scholars examine the salience of the network as a metaphor for understanding our social world, but also the centrality of the Internet in civic and political networks. Whilst acknowledging the power of social media, the contributors question the claim it is a utopian tool of democracy, and suggests a cautious approach to facilitate more participative democracy is necessary. Providing the most up-to-date analysis of social media, citizenship and democracy, Social Media and Democracy will be of strong interest to students and scholars of Political Science, Social Policy, Sociology, Communication Studies, Computing and Information and Communications Technologies.

Affective Publics

Sentiment, Technology, and Politics

Author: Zizi Papacharissi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190243031

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

View: 8238

Over the past few decades, we have witnessed the growth of movements using digital means to connect with broader interest groups and express their points of view. These movements emerge out of distinct contexts and yield different outcomes, but tend to share one thing in common: online and offline solidarity shaped around the public display of emotion. Social media facilitate feelings of engagement, in ways that frequently make people feel re-energized about politics. In doing so, media do not make or break revolutions but they do lend emerging, storytelling publics their own means for feeling their way into events, frequently by making those involved a part of the developing story. Technologies network us but it is our stories that connect us to each other, making us feel close to some and distancing us from others. Affective Publics explores how storytelling practices facilitate engagement among movements tuning into a current issue or event by employing three case studies: Arab Spring movements, various iterations of Occupy, and everyday casual political expressions as traced through the archives of trending topics on Twitter. It traces how affective publics materialize and disband around connective conduits of sentiment every day and find their voice through the soft structures of feeling sustained by societies. Using original quantitative and qualitative data, Affective Publics demonstrates, in this groundbreaking analysis, that it is through these soft structures that affective publics connect, disrupt, and feel their way into everyday politics.

The Mediation of Power

A Critical Introduction

Author: Aeron Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134136609

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 9440

The Mediation of Power investigates how those in positions of power use and are influenced by media in their everyday activities. Each chapter examines this theme through an exploration of some of the key topics and debates in the field, including: theories of media and power media policy and the economics of information news production and journalistic practice public relations and media management culture and power political communication and mediated politics new and alternative media interest group communications media audiences and effects. The debates are enlivened by first-hand accounts taken from over 200 high-profile interviews with politicians, journalists, public officials, spin doctors, campaigners and captains of industry. Tim Bell, David Blunkett, Iain Duncan Smith, Simon Heffer, David Hill, Simon Hughes, Trevor Kavanagh, Neil Kinnock, Peter Riddell, Polly Toynbee, Michael White and Ann Widdecombe are some of those cited.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership

Author: R. A. W. Rhodes,Paul 't Hart

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191645869

Category: Political Science

Page: 800

View: 8628

Political leadership has made a comeback. It was studied intensively not only by political scientists but also by political sociologists and psychologists, Sovietologists, political anthropologists, and by scholars in comparative and development studies from the 1940s to the 1970s. Thereafter, the field lost its way with the rise of structuralism, neo-institutionalism, and rational choice approaches to the study of politics, government, and governance. Recently, however, students of politics have returned to studying the role of individual leaders and the exercise of leadership to explain political outcomes. The list of topics is nigh endless: elections, conflict management, public policy, government popularity, development, governance networks, and regional integration. In the media age, leaders are presented and stage-managed—spun—as the solution to almost every social problem. Through the mass media and the Internet, citizens and professional observers follow the rise, impact, and fall of senior political officeholders at closer quarters than ever before. This Handbook encapsulates the resurgence by asking, where are we today? It orders the multidisciplinary field by identifying the distinct and distinctive contributions of the disciplines. It meets the urgent need to take stock. It brings together scholars from around the world, encouraging a comparative perspective, to provide a comprehensive coverage of all the major disciplines, methods, and regions. It showcases both the normative and empirical traditions in political leadership studies, and juxtaposes behavioural, institutional, and interpretive approaches. It covers formal, office-based as well as informal, emergent political leadership, and in both democratic and undemocratic polities.

Political Communication and Cognition

Author: D. Lilleker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137313439

Category: Political Science

Page: 239

View: 6465

Political Communication and Cognition draws on a range of theories from communication psychology to explain how citizens receive communication about politics, how communication might make a citizen think and importantly what stimulates political participation, whether simply paying attention, chatting online or going to vote.

The Ethical Consumer

Author: Rob Harrison,Terry Newholm,Deirdre Shaw

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412903530

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 259

View: 4223

Focusing on ethical consumers, their behaviour, discourses and narratives as well as the social and political contexts in which they operate, this text provides a summary of the manner and effectiveness of their actions.

The discourse of politics in action

politics as usual

Author: Ruth Wodak

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230018815

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 252

View: 2563

This book is an interdisciplinary study providing first-hand evidence of the everyday lives of politicians; what politicians actually do on the backstage in political organizations. The book offers answers to the widely discussed phenomena of disenchantment with politics and depoliticization.

Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer

Shopping for Justice?

Author: K. Wheeler

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113728367X

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

View: 2825

As sales of fair-trade goods explode across the globe, Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer provides a timely analysis of the organizations, institutions and grassroots networks behind this growing movement. Drawing on examples from the UK, Sweden and USA, this book moves away from models of individualized consumer choice and instead explores the collective cultures and practices that motivate and sustain fair-trade consumer behaviour. Although the fair-trade citizen-consumer has been called to action and publicly represented as an individual 'voting' in the marketplace, this book reveals how market interventions are editing the choices available to consumers, at the same time as 'Fairtrade Town' consumer networks are flourishing. Offering new and critical insights into the fair-trade success story, this book also contributes to debates about sustainable consumption behaviour and the growth of 'new' forms of political participation and citizenship.

International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture

Author: Kirsten Drotner,Sonia Livingstone

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 560

View: 3556

Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.

Vom Ende der repräsentativen Politik

Author: Simon Tormey

Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS

ISBN: 3868546480

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 9745

Das Vertrauen in die Politiker ist an einem Tiefpunkt angelangt, die repräsentative Politik steckt in einer Krise. Ist die Demokratie am Ende? Ist unsere Gesellschaft vom Virus der Entpolitisierung befallen? Simon Tormey zeigt in diesem provokativ-anregenden Buch, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Die Bürgerinnen und Bürger sehen sich zunehmend selbst als Hauptakteure der Politik, was das Ende der repräsentativen Politik sein könnte, wie wir sie bisher kannten. Gleichzeitig entwickeln sich aktuell aufregend neue Formen politischen Engagements und damit auch Chancen auf eine grundlegende Erneuerung der Demokratie. Demokratische Repräsentation war ein Produkt der nationalstaatlichen Modernisierung. Die neue Politik entspricht der individualisierten Welt, in der sich die Demokratie nun einrichtet. Sie wird bestimmt von multiplen Identitäten und komplexen Geografien, von Migration, Globalisierung und vielschichtigen Souveränitäten, von staatlichen und nichtstaatlichen Machtquellen. Da das Vertrauen in althergebrachte Institutionen erschüttert ist, bleibt die repräsentative Demokratie zwar bestehen, wird aber um und ausgebaut, sie wird "demokratischer". Wir sind in eine Zeit des Rollenwandels der Parteien und der Politiker eingetreten: Repräsentative Institutionen stehen neben neuen bürgerschaftlichen Initiativen, die durch soziale Medien schnell zusammenfinden und den unterschiedlichsten Bedürfnissen eine Stimme geben. Sie wirken hin auf eine unmittelbare politische Resonanz, auf Kontrolle und Korrektur von politischen Entscheidungen. Simon Tormey ergründet die gegenwärtigen Veränderungen, indem er ein vielfältiges Tableau von Beispielen betrachtet, von der Situation in Griechenland und den Protesten in Spanien, Brasilien und der Türkei, bis hin zu der Entstehung neuer Initiativen wie Podemos, Anonymous und Occupy.

Laughing matters

humor and American politics in the media age

Author: Jody C. Baumgartner,Jonathan S. Morris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415957489

Category: Humor

Page: 362

View: 7713

This book examines the role of humor in modern American politics. Written by a wide range of authors from the fields of political science and communication, this book is organized according to two general topics: how the modern media present political humor the various ways in which political humor influences politics. Laughing Mattersis an excellent text for courses on media and politics, public opinion, and campaigns and elections.

Media studies

key issues and debates

Author: Eoin Devereux

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 391

View: 4458

Bringing together a range of renowned and newly emerging scholars in the field, including a Preface by Denis McQuail, this book examines eighteen key issues within contemporary media studies. Written in an accessible student-friendly style, Media Studies: Key Issues and Debates is an authoritative landmark text for undergraduate students and teachers alike. Each chapter begins with a concise definition of the concept(s) under investigation, followed by a discussion of the current state of play within research on the specific area. Chapters contain case-studies and illustrative materials from Europe, North America, Australia, and beyond. Each chapter concludes with annotated notes, which guide readers in terms of future study.

Young People, ICTs and Democracy

Theories, Policies, Identities, and Websites

Author: Tobias Olsson,Peter Dahlgren

Publisher: Nordiskt Informationscenter for

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 250

View: 9316

The rhetoric on the Internet and its potential implications for the sphere of politics have been especially pertinent in regard to young people. Through the use of notions such as the e-generation or the messenger generation, the new ICT's supposed transformative potential has been identified and discussed. Just based on the title of this book, it might seem as if we are offering a similar approach here - speculative reflections on the significance of the Internet for young people's engagement and participation.