Professor Stuart Soroka and Andrea Lawlor of McGill University, along with Lori Young of the University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington investigate the trajectory of environmental news in both the U.S. and Canadian media. Especially relevant in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this research article explains how environmental news is event-driven in the two countries - and describes what the policy implications for such a news cycle might be.
Political trust and political efficacy are central to theories of citizenship. In this study, Sari Sharoni examines how internet and social media use interact with both of these concepts and the implications for political engagement.
The world wide web is an open platform where anybody can create a page using the standard hypertext markup language and users are free to move across locations on the web and visit any other site without restrictions. Openness and equality, which guided the early web, was lost in its later years to walled gardens which eventually fell.
Barack Obama broke a presidential tradition on January 24, 2009. After almost three decades on the radio, he delivered the Saturday presidential address visually on the White House website and YouTube page. The medium transition presents an opportunity to examine the address’s evolving form as a genre of presidential rhetoric.
This study examines how a decentralized grassroots Tea Party group, Tea Party Nation, used e-mail correspondence to communicate with its members. The analysis shows that the group used e-mail to disseminate and foster a collective oppositional ideology.
Thirty speeches from the first year of President Clinton, Bush, and Obama’s administrations are analyzed to understand the functions and institutionally-sustaining power of the address’s routine use.
This paper looks at fragmentation and selectivity by news consumers on cable news, namely, MSNBC and Fox News, arguing that political media selectivity is largely driven by political belief systems.
This study demonstrates a president’s limited ability to “spin” international news and underscore key differences among domestic and international news outlets regarding coverage of a new US president.
This study is the first to examine the possibility that formal civics training provides a foundation for civic engagement that is conducive to the use of novel methods of engaging the polity. The study found that each step toward greater interactivity in civics instruction predicted greater use of social media in the 2008 elections.