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Formats and Norms in the U.S. 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/9780199797929.003.0005
Formats and Norms in the U.S. Space of Opinion

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Chapter 5 draws on large samples of opinion data from The New York Times, USA Today, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Face the Nation, Crossfire, and Hannity & Colmes to analyze communicative conditions and speech norms in the contemporary space of U.S. opinion. Comparing length of speech, number of conversational turns, and average length of conversational turn, it finds that opinion format strongly shapes the nature of opinionated speech. The social characteristics of speakers (e.g., occupational and sex) are associated with different levels of complexity and deliberative styles, but this variation operates within the parameters created by the overall opinion format.

Keywords: dialogue; partisanship; communication: conditions; speech norms; opinion format; gender; Stephen Colbert; Jon Stewart; New York Times; USA Today; The NewsHour

Chapter.  11103 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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