The Public and the National Agenda: How People Learn About Important Issues

1st Edition

Wayne Wanta

Routledge
Published June 1, 1997
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780805824612 - CAT# ER4446
Series: Routledge Communication Series

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Summary

Focusing on the agenda-setting function of the news media from an information processing standpoint, this volume examines how individuals expose themselves to news media content and how this content translates into issue salience. It utilizes the individual as the unit of measurement. Many agenda-setting studies have used the issue, rather than the individual, as the unit of measurement. By employing an "agenda-setting susceptibility" index, the book details how individuals who actively process information in the news media are most susceptible to agenda-setting effects. Merging agenda-setting with research in information processing and uses and gratifications, it proposes and tests a causal model of media agenda-setting influences by examining demographics, psychological factors, and behavioral variables of individuals.

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