Public Discussion of the Daily News

in Talking about Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226872186
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226872216 | DOI:
Public Discussion of the Daily News

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The evidence of the existence as well as the shape of the process of using social identities within a group context to understand political issues is provided by an investigation of the role of the mass media. This chapter compares the content of the news the “Old Timers” used with their interpretations of it. The results reiterate the claim of previous research that elite framing does matter, but they also show that, through conversations, people transform and even circumvent these frames by applying their identity-based perspectives to supplement the information provided by news stories.

Keywords: public discussion; daily news; social identities; news stories; Old Timers; political conversation

Chapter.  11462 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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