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At the Union of Citizens, Media, and Democracy: An Examination of Exposure to Political Difference on Social Network Sites

“If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth produced by its collision with error” (Mill, 1859, p. 36) It is a generally accepted principle that a well-informed public … Continue reading

U.S. Propaganda in the Media: Stories of Hugo Chavez

Accusations of partisan media bias are commonplace in the highly polarized political environment of the United States.  Indeed, many U.S. citizens believe the news is biased along partisan lines, between conservatives and liberals (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 2012).   In fact, like many Americans, I believe bias is a persistent … Continue reading

Wrestling with an Angel: The Importance of Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies to Communication Theory

Describing Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies from the perspective of theorizing communication is somewhat counter-intuitive.  Hall’s journey did not begin with a desire to theorize communication, rather, to make intellectual sense of the social world in order to intervene intelligently and help change it.  Thus, Hall’s work is interdisciplinary, and more properly considered cultural studies, rather … Continue reading

Shaping Public Opinion on the Iraq War: Analysis Using a Theoretical Lens

Agenda Setting and Spiral of Silence:  A Cautionary Tale of Media and Government Complicity in Public Deception Few events in modern history illustrate how the government uses the media to manufacture consent for their agenda quite as effectively as the Iraq War.  In fact, during the run up to the Iraq War, the government used … Continue reading

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