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Introduction to Media and Politics

Introduction to Media and Politics

March 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How can we understand the dynamics between the modern mass media and the political sphere?

The highly accessible Introduction to Media and Politics compares media institutions and political experiences in countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia, to enable students to think critically about the central questions in the study of media and politics, including:
  • Are the media a force for democracy or a tool of repression?
  • What specific influences shape news production in different societies?
  • What happens to media freedom in war and why?
  • How can we explain the relationship between the media, terrorists, and citizens in the post-9/11 world?
  • Can the internet bring about political change?
The book balances contemporary case studies with explanations of key theories and concepts, and includes a section on political communication research methods, empowering students to fully understand - and conduct their own comparative research into - the impact of media on the political sphere.

Intended Audience: Introduction to Media and Politics is an essential primer for undergraduate and graduate students of political science as well as media and communication studies.

The News Production Model
Journalists, Public Relations, and Politics
The Media Audience in Comparative Perspective
Media and Elections
Media and War
Media and Terrorism
The Internet and Democracy
The Internet and Protest
Research Methods for Media and Politics

The book is a quite complete introduction to the study of media and politics; it is well-conceived, well organized, and well written.
Perhaps it is a little bit too demanding for undergraduate students, despite author's efforts to keep things simple and clear. But this cannot be considered in itself as a flaw, since it is due to the quality of the analysis conducted. Moreover, the author uses keypoints at the beginning and the end of each chapter, in order to make easier the reading and favours the understanding.
The book comparatively focuses on British, American, and Russian cases, limiting somehow the internationality of the approach to the usual well known cases. But these countries' role of superpower makes the choice perfectly understandable.
Finally, the part on new media can be considered a little bit outdated, because ten years have elapsed from the time of the book publication (2007). But, again, this has nothing to do with the quality of the chapters 8 and 9.
In conclusion, the book represents a valuable contribution to the study of media and politics, in particular for its chapter 10 (Research Methods for Media and Politics), which will result extremely useful for graduate students and researchers.

Mr Francesco Screti
Education , Glion Institute of Higher Education
February 1, 2016

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