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10 - “Old” Media, “New” Media, Hybrid Media, and the Changing Character of Political Participation

from II - Media Explosion, Knowledge as Power, and Demographic Reversals


What is the role of media, especially the news media, in influencing citizens’ political beliefs, values, and political or civic action?

Clearly, many people for several hundred years have believed the media to be powerful agents of political persuasion and instruments of political action. In the early United States, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson wrote scathingly of the press because they thought it caused harm to government (Schudson 1998). In Europe as in North America, individuals founded news organizations to influence political outcomes.

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