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Is Anyone Responsible?: How Television Frames Political Issues (American Politics and Political Economy Series) Paperback – October 17, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0226388557 ISBN-10: 0226388557 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: American Politics and Political Economy Series
  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (October 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226388557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226388557
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gráinne on March 20, 2001
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In his book Is Anyone Responsible? (1991), Shanto Iyengar evaluates the framing effects of television news on political issues. The book explores the agenda-setting role of television news. When he refers to the term framing the concept given refers to "subtle alterations in the statement or presentation of judgement and choice problems, and the term "framing effect" refer to changes in decision outcomes resulting from these alternations." Shanto Iyengar, professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA, has pioneered the research in the framing effects of news coverage on public opinion and political choice. He explains that viewers are "sensitive to contextual cues when they reason about national affairs. Their explanations of issues like terrorism or poverty are critically dependent upon the particular reference points furnished in media presentations." The frames for a given story are seldom conscientiously chosen but represent instead the effort of the journalist or sponsor to convey a story in a direct and meaningful way. As such, news frames are frequently drawn from, and reflective of, shared cultural narratives and myths and resonate with the larger social themes to which journalists tend to be acutely sensitive.
Through a series of laboratory experiments (reports of which constitute the core of the book), he finds that the framing of issues by television news shapes the way the public understands the causes of and the solutions to central political problems. The research reported in Is Anyone Responsible? examines two ways in which television news frames issues, these issues being episodic and thematic. Episodic framing depicts concrete events that illustrate issues, while thematic framing present's collective advice or general advice.
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It is rare that an empirical researcher makes an obvious statement against the ambiguity inherent in the social sciences. Regarding scholars of the new field of Communication, Dr. Iyengar is one who doesn't pull punches. Our media establishment IS influencing its audience, and he shows how.
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By alejandromacedog on September 3, 2013
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The book is new ;) very good product. Deliver is good. Thanks for all. I will buy another occasion ;)
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