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News on the Internet

David Tewksbury and Jason Rittenberg

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195391961
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252397 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391961.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Digital Politics

News on the Internet

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Online news sites play an ever-pervasive role in the daily gathering and flow of political information. Media has always played an intermediary role in the way that citizens receive and process news, but, with the speed of information transmission, the segmentation of news sources, and the rise of citizen journalism, issues of authority, audience, and even the definition of “news” have shifted and become blurred. This book synthesizes research on developing and current patterns of online news provision with the literature on traditional, offline media to create a conceptual map for understanding the way that public affairs and news are presented and consumed on the Internet. The book looks at the dual role of the Internet as a source of authoritative news and as a vehicle for citizens in contemporary democracies to create and share political information. Throughout, it addresses the tension between the benefits of Internet news provision, specifically increased citizen engagement, and the negative, perhaps counterintuitive, effects: the fragmentation of knowledge and polarization of opinion in contemporary democracies. The book focuses on these points of conflict and contradiction in the online news environment and offers conclusions and predictions for how these phenomena will develop in the future.

Keywords: online news; media; citizen journalism; Internet; citizen engagement; public affairs; political information; audience

Book.  208 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; US Politics

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Introduction in News on the Internet

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Shifting Audiences in News on the Internet

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Offline and Online News Content in News on the Internet

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News Specialization and Segmentation in News on the Internet

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Selecting News Online in News on the Internet

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Learning from Online News in News on the Internet

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Information Democratization in News on the Internet

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Conclusion in News on the Internet

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