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Framing InequalityNews Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in U.S. Public Policy$
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Matt Guardino

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190888183

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190888183.001.0001

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What’s New? Media, Public Opinion, and Democracy in the 21st Century

What’s New? Media, Public Opinion, and Democracy in the 21st Century

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(p.180) 6 What’s New? Media, Public Opinion, and Democracy in the 21st Century
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Framing Inequality
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Matt Guardino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888183.003.0006

This chapter contextualizes the book’s historical analyses within more recent media developments. It emphasizes the continuing relevance of the book’s analyses of news media and public opinion in the 21st-century technological environment. The chapter connects durable tendencies in corporate news to newer commercial and technological developments in online communication and social media. It explains how emerging forms and uses of media technology often provide new means of influence for corporate media and other centers of concentrated political-economic power. The chapter also presents an empirical analysis of neoliberal news coverage during the 2017 debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act. It ends by discussing possible media reforms that focus on institutional and systemic changes in U.S. political communication.

Keywords:   social media, misinformation, commercialism, Affordable Care Act, media policy, media literacy

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