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Is Anyone Responsible?: How Television Frames Political Issues

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A disturbingly cautionary tale, Is Anyone Responsible? anchors with powerful evidence suspicions about the way in which television has impoverished political discourse in the United States and at the same time molds American political consciousness. It is essential reading for media critics, psychologists, political analysts, and all the citizens who want to be sure that t ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published October 17th 1994 by University Of Chicago Press (first published November 15th 1991)
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Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Iyengar argues that how television frames news stories affects how viewers assign responsibility. I found the evidence to be less than convincing. First off, the sample sizes in the experiments are very small. Second, with the exception of the first experiment, he fails to use a control group. Thus, we have no way of knowing what the baseline responsibility judgments are for people. Finally, the main categories of news stories (thematic and episodic) are not entirely clear. One can easily see so ...more
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