By Pippa Norris
Is the method of political communications by way of the scoop media and via events answerable for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle units out to problem the traditional knowledge that it truly is. in accordance with a comparative exam of the position of the scoop 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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Worldwide, women's voices continue to be underrepresented in the decision-making process. The list could go on and on. The important point for this argument is that these and many other related political problems have deep-seated structural causes. If we stopped blaming the news media's coverage of politics and directed our attention to the problems themselves, perhaps remedies would be 20 THE NEWS MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY more forthcoming. The media malaise thesis is not just misleading; it is also deeply conservative.
The hurdles preceding informed choices are exceptionally high in 31 THE NEWS MEDIA AND CIVIC MALAISE some contexts, such as examining the pros and cons concerning ballot initiatives about protecting the environment or electoral reform. The information barriers are relatively low in others, as in deciding how to cast a ballot in a parliamentary general election contested by only two major parties. Given the different skills, experiences, and understandings that voters bring to the forum, we assume that news should be available at different levels, rather than one format being ideal for all.
The watchdog role can also be seen as vital for the protection of civil liberties and political rights, exposing the actions of governments and major corporations to the light of public scrutiny. Clearly there is the potential for conflict between the need for the news media to act as a pluralistic civic forum, setting the platform and rules of engagement for others to debate public affairs, and for journalists to function as active watchdogs of the public interest. The conventional distinction between 'factual' reporting on the front pages and 'editorial' commentary in the middle of the paper is one way to make this distinction, although the line between 'reporting' and 'interpretation' often becomes blurred in practice.
A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies (Communication, Society and Politics) by Pippa Norris