This book identifies the mass media's political content and analyzes and explains the consequences it has for American democracy. An opening chapter presents the media's four types of political contents and offers an original study of political humor, while further chapters discuss the news, media influences on political participation and on political parties and interest groups, and interactions between government and the media. There is much discussion of popular culture, and coverage of unusual subjects such as pornography and terrorism. B&w photos and political cartoons are included. This second edition offers analysis of the media in the 2000 election, new material on the Internet, and listings of films and Web sites.
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