Communication, Media & Politics in a World at Risk

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Posts tagged "Spiral of Silence"

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...

We Are the 99%: Models of Public Opinion that Explain the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Ever since the financial crisis hit the U.S. in late 2008, many political commentators (mostly on the Left) have wondered why public opinion hadn’t mobilized behind Wall Street reform in the U.S. as strongly and visibly as in other nations. The Occupy Wall Street movement seems like the embodiment of the sort of reaction to...