Baum, Matthew A.

Soft News Goes to War : Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy in the New Media Age - Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011. - 1 online resource (368 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Chapter One: War and Entertainment; Chapter Two: Soft News and the Accidentally Attentive Public; Chapter Three: "I Heard It on Oprah"; Chapter Four: Bringing War to the Masses; Chapter Five: Tuning Out the World Isn't as Easy as It Used to Be; Chapter Six: Rallying Round the Water Cooler; Chapter Seven: Soft News and World Views: Foreign Policy Attitudes of the Inattentive Public; Chapter Eight: Soft News, Public Opinion, and American Foreign Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Merely Entertaining; Notes; References; Index

The American public has consistently declared itself less concerned with foreign affairs in the post-Cold War era, even after 9/11, than at any time since World War II. How can it be, then, that public attentiveness to U.S. foreign policy crises has increased? This book represents the first systematic attempt to explain this apparent paradox. Matthew Baum argues that the answer lies in changes to television's presentation of political information. In so doing he develops a compelling ""byproduct"" theory of information consumption. The information revolution has fundamentally changed the wa

9781400841288 47.92 (NL)

Magazine format television programs -- United States.
Television broadcasting of news -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Public opinion.

Electronic books.

PN4888 .T4 B34 2011

070.1 070.1/95