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Setting the Agenda

Setting the Agenda

Mass Media and Public Opinion
Maxwell McCombs, Sebastian Valenzuela, Setting the Agenda. Mass Media and Public Opinion, Cambridge, Polity, 2021, 248 p., 1re éd. 2004, ISBN : 9781509535804.
Notice publiée le 06 septembre 2021

Présentation de l'éditeur

News media strongly influence how we picture public affairs across the world, playing a significant and sometimes controversial role in determining which topics are at the centre of public attention and action. Setting the Agenda, first published in 2004, has become the go-to textbook on this crucial topic.

In this timely third edition, Maxwell McCombs – a pioneer of agenda-setting research – and Sebastián Valenzuela – a senior scholar of agenda setting in Latin America – have expanded and updated the book for a new generation of students. In describing the media's influence on what we think about and how we think about it, Setting the Agenda also examines the sources of media agendas, the psychological explanation for their impact on the public agenda, and their consequences for attitudes, opinions and behaviours. New to this edition is a discussion of agenda setting in the widened media landscape, including a full chapter on network agenda setting and a lengthened presentation on agenda melding. The book also contains expanded material on social media and the role of agenda setting beyond the realm of public affairs, as well as a foreword from Donald L. Shaw and David H. Weaver, the co-founders of agenda-setting theory.

This exciting new edition is an invaluable source for students of media, communications and politics, as well as those interested in the role of news in shaping and directing public opinion.

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Maxwell McCombs

Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sebastian Valenzuela

Associate Professor in the School of Communications at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Associate Researcher at the Millennium Institute for Foundational Research on Data (IMFD).

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