Partisans, Watchdogs, and Entertainers

Katherine Ann Brown and Todd Gitlin

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Partisans, Watchdogs, and Entertainers

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This chapter investigates the evolution of the American media from the colonial period to modern times. It argues that the standard tribute to the democratic uses of journalism is a misrepresentation of the actual news media and their role in daily life. The chapter then moves on to study the changing form of the newspaper in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the role newspaper partisanship and sensationalism played during the political and social development of America. It also discusses media independence and its role as a watchdog during the twentieth century.

Keywords: evolution; American media; democratic uses; news media; partisanship; sensationalism; media independence; watchdog

Article.  7014 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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