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(p. 373) 15. Media and Politics 

(p. 373) 15. Media and Politics
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(p. 373) 15. Media and Politics
Author(s):

Peter Ferdinand

, Robert Garner

, and Stephanie Lawson

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198787983.003.0015
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date: 27 January 2021

This chapter explores the link between media and politics. It first considers the more general relationship between the media and governmental organizations, and more specifically the overlap of governmental and media functions, and how dramatic representation influences our understanding of political life. It then examines the ways in which journalists and media organizations make news, along with the role of political journalism in political life, especially in democracies. It also discusses the globalization of media and the convergence of styles of news presentation and reporting on television around the world. Finally, it analyses the implications of the Internet and social media for political life, from potentially promoting democracy to accusations of false narratives and ‘fake’ news.

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