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Extreme Media and American Politics

In Defense of Extremity

Authors: Taylor, J. Benjamin

  • Contributes an important, timely, and original perspective to the growing body of literature on extreme media
  • Effectively depicts the nuances of extreme media on political attitudes 
  • Accessibly written with rigorous methodologies, strongly appealing to undergraduate seminars and graduate courses on political communication and media
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About this book

This book asks: what are extreme television media, and are they actually bad for American politics?  Taylor explores these questions, and how these media affect political knowledge, trust, efficacy, tolerance, policy attitudes, and political behaviors. Using experiments and data from the National Annenberg Election Study, this book shows how extreme media create both positive and negative externalities in American politics. Many criticize these media because of their bombastic nature, but bombast and affect also create positive effects for some consumers. Previous research shows partisan media exacerbate polarization, and those findings are taken further on immigration policy here. However, they also increase political knowledge, increase internal efficacy, and cause their viewers to engage in informal political behaviors like political discussion and advocacy. The findings suggest there is much to be gained from these media market entrepreneurs, and we should be wary of painting with too broad a brush about their negative effects.

About the authors

J. Benjamin Taylor is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. He researches and teaches on American political behavior. His work has been published in Political Communication, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, American Politics Research, Politics & Religion, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Reviews

“This timely book examines a crucial topic in American politics, the role of extreme media on public opinion.  It uses multiple clever sophisticated methodologies and finds that consuming extreme media increases political knowledge, along with many other interesting findings.  This is important work that greatly advances our knowledge of the role of extreme media in a democracy.” (Sean Richey, Associate Professor, Georgia State University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Placing Extreme Television Media in Their Historical and Economic Context

    Taylor, J. Benjamin

    Pages 1-27

  • A Deep Dive into Extreme Television Media Selection

    Taylor, J. Benjamin

    Pages 29-54

  • The Educative Effects of Extreme Television Media

    Taylor, J. Benjamin

    Pages 55-92

  • Exploring the Effect of Extreme Media on Political Trust and Efficacy

    Taylor, J. Benjamin

    Pages 93-127

  • The Puzzle of Extreme Media and Political Tolerance: An Immigration Case Study

    Taylor, J. Benjamin

    Pages 129-158

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41183-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41182-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-82287-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Extreme Media and American Politics
Book Subtitle
In Defense of Extremity
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41183-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41183-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41182-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82287-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 230
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
Topics