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Media Commentary and the Space of Opinion

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797929
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0001
Media Commentary and the Space of Opinion

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Chapter 1 argues that opinion and news commentary are neglected topics in research literatures about media, democracy and the public sphere. It offers the idea of the space of opinion as a way of conceptualizing the role of opinion in contemporary democracies. The space of opinion is defined as a distinct social space with its own history and cultural logic, located at the chaotic intersection of the journalistic, the political and the academic fields. The chapter concludes with a description of research design, including details about sampling and data collection strategies from six major opinion formats in print and television: The New York Times, USA Today, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Face the Nation, Crossfire, and Hannity & Colmes.

Keywords: civil society; communicative rationality; strong program in cultural sociology; cultural fields; newspapers; opinion and news commentary; journalism; democratic deliberation; intellectuals; think tanks

Chapter.  6698 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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