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The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Ronald N. Jacobs and Eleanor Townsley

Abstract

Opinion is increasingly central in American news media, but there has been little systematic attention paid to the institutional spaces of media opinion, or to the role of media commentary in contemporary civil society. The Space of Opinion fills this gap, offering an insightful and authoritative account of the newspaper op-ed pages, the Sunday morning political talk shows on television, and the evening cable news television lineup. In this major new work, Ronald Jacobs and Eleanor Townsley describe a complex media environment for opinion and commentary. On the one hand, largely because of tel ... More

Keywords: space of opinion, public sphere, civil society, news, newspapers, opinion, news commentary, journalism, academia, think tanks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199797929
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald N. Jacobs, author
University at Albany, SUNY

Eleanor Townsley, author
Mount Holyoke College