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Theocratic DemocracyThe Social Construction of Religious and Secular Extremism$
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Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734863.001.0001

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The Printed Media: Making News—Constructing Realities

The Printed Media: Making News—Constructing Realities

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(p.49) 4 The Printed Media: Making News—Constructing Realities
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Theocratic Democracy
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Nachman Ben-Yehuda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734863.003.0004

This chapter describes the role of the media (e.g., control, transmission of culture, mobilization, create a sense of integration and purpose) and how news are constructed and transmitted. It suggests to view the media as a selective cultural mirror that tries to set agendas and echoes cultural conflicts and gives them substance. Printed media can be divided to various types such as commercial, ideological, entertainment. The discussion focuses on how the various printed media translate complex realities and try to construct and transmit what appears as a meaningful and simplified construction of realities.

Keywords:   agenda setting, constructionism, crime, cultural conflicts, deviance, media

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