The Divide & Conquer Election of 2012
Edited By Dianne G. Bystrom, Mary C. Banwart and Mitchell S. McKinney
In exploring the messages, issues, and voters of the 2012 election, these studies employ multiple methods including experimental design, content analysis, rhetorical criticism, and survey research. Whereas other election research tends to investigate either the content or effects of campaign communication, the more comprehensive and systematic nature of this collection enables alieNATION to cohere thematically around considerations of voter alienation, political engagement, political efficacy, and ultimately, citizens’ voting decisions.
Section One: Media & Messages
Media & Messages s e c t i o n o n e c h a p t e r t w oo n e Television’s role in American elections has been the subject of much scholarly attention since its initial introduction in the late 1940s. The expectations at that time for this great “...
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