By Pippa Norris
Is the method of political communications via the scoop media and through events answerable for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle units out to problem the normal knowledge that it's. according to a comparative exam of the position of the inside track media and events in postindustrial societies, this research argues that instead of mistakenly "blaming the messenger" we have to comprehend and confront extra deep-rooted flaws within the structures of consultant democracy.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR CIVIC DEBATE If we accept that the news media should function as a civic forum, then specific indicators can be used to audit how well the media perform in this capacity. We assume that the news media, to prove effective, should provide extensive political coverage that is widely and easily available to all sectors of society. A rich information environment, with multiple sources of regular news about politics available from different outlets, is most likely to promote effective government communications, to provide multiple venues for public debate, and to reduce the costs of becoming informed about public affairs.
16 Since the time of Edmund Burke, the 'fourth estate' has traditionally been regarded as one of the classic checks and balances in the division of powers. In this role, investigative reporters seek to expose official corruption, corporate scandals, and government failures. 17 In political coverage, the watchdog role implies that journalists and broadcasters should not simply report on political speeches, campaign rallies, or photo opportunities 'straight' or unfiltered from politicians to the public without also providing editorial comment, critical analysis, and interpretive evaluations of political messages to help readers and viewers place these events in context.
Getting news is one of the most popular uses of the Internet in the United States and Europe. In short, news consumption is up. We often tend to generalize on the basis of the American literature on the subject, but compared with other postindustrial societies, the United States rates exceptionally low in consumption of newspapers and TV news. Moreover, the formats have become diversified beyond the standard flagship evening news programs and current-affairs programs, incorporating 24-hour rolling news, on-thehour radio headlines, and TV magazines and talk shows, as well as the panoply of online news sources.
A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies (Communication, Society and Politics) by Pippa Norris