Mass Media and Public Opinion

Joseph M. Chan and Francis L.F. Lee

in Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139477
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208681 | DOI:
Mass Media and Public Opinion

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This chapter provides an analytical account of the definitions of public opinion, the roles of the mass media, and how they influence the government and politics of Hong Kong. The chapter proposes a conception of public opinion that is characterized by discursive struggles to represent public opinion mediated by professional communicators. Although the liberal democratic ideal forms the core of media professionalism, the performance of media has been constrained by several structural factors such as the commercial nature of the Hong Kong media system and the ownership of the press. It has been controversial whether media is a facilitator or a mobilizer in politics. The chapter analyses the mechanisms in the HKSAR government and the respective strategies employed in influencing and mediating public opinion. Lastly, it investigates the effects of the media in the making of public opinion and collective action in Hong Kong.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; Media; Public opinion

Chapter.  10571 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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