With Making the News, Amber Boydstun offers an eye-opening look at the explosive patterns of media attention that determine which issues are brought before the public. At the heart of her argument is the observation that the media have two modes: an âalarm modeâ for breaking stories and a âpatrol modeâ for covering them in greater depth. While institutional incentives often initiate alarm mode around a story, they also propel news outlets into the watchdog-like patrol mode around its policy implications until the next big news item breaks. What results from this pattern of fixation followed by rapid change is skewed coverage of policy issues, with a few receiving the majority of media attention while others receive none at all. Boydstun documents this systemic explosiveness and skew through analysis of media coverage across policy issues, including in-depth looks at the waxing and waning of coverage around two issues: capital punishment and the âwar on terror.â
Making the News shows how the seemingly unpredictable day-to-day decisions of the newsroom produce distinct patterns of operation with implicationsâgood and badâfor national politics.
This edition also contains Czechoslovakia: Crossroads and Crises 1918-88
About: Sixteen essays highlight turning points in Czechoslovak history, beginning with the foundation of the state in 1918, proceeding through the destruction of its democratic structures following the Munich Agreement of 1938 and the Communist takeover of 1948, and ending with the brief attempt at "socialism with a human face" terminated by the Soviet invasion of 1968.
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