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.