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Citizens or consumers: What the media tell us about political participation

Lewis, Justin Matthew Wren ORCID:, Inthorn, S. and Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin ORCID: 2005. Citizens or consumers: What the media tell us about political participation. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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In recent years there has been much concern about the general decline in civic participation in both Britain and the United States - especially among young people. At the same time we have seen declining budgets for serious domestic and international news and current affairs amidst widespread accusations of a 'dumbing down' in the coverage of public affairs. This book enters the debate by asking whether the news media have played a role in producing a passive citizenry. And, if so, what might be done about it? Based on the largest study of the media coverage of public opinion and citizenship in Britain and the United States, this book argues that while most of us learn about politics and public affairs from the news media, we rarely see or read about examples of an active, engaged citizenry.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335215553
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