Communication, Media & Politics in a World at Risk

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Posts tagged "Dietram Scheufele"
Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Many liberal activists and commentators are likely welcoming survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that over the past 20 years the number of Americans who can be rated as “consistently liberal” in their worldviews has increased four fold, from 3 percent in 1994 to 12 percent today. Perhaps even more encouraging, in a...

Cultivation and the Spiral of Silence: Media Theories Explaining the Mainstreaming of Societal Viewpoints

  George Gerbner and Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann devised paradigmatic theories explaining the media’s ability to set the boundaries for conventional and mainstream thinking in society.  Yet each arrived at their explanations from very different ideological vantage points, world views shaped in part by their coming of age as young adults during War World II and then...

The Polarization Paradox: Why Hyperpartisanship Strengthens Conservatism and Undermines Liberalism

  Modern campaigns have rarely focused on the issues, but in the 2012 election the level of moral outrage and anger is unprecedented.  Even before the campaign, America was divided, but come next year, if President Obama is re-elected he will likely face a country more polarized than at any time in more than a...

Online News and the End of Political Disagreement

As our political and media systems rapidly evolve, social scientists are revisiting and updating existing models, theories, and methods for investigating the effects of the media on political attitudes and behavior.  Among topics, understanding the relationship between media and political polarization remains perhaps the most complex and challenging. For the forthcoming 2012 edition of Communication Yearbook, an...