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In-Your-Face PoliticsThe Consequences of Uncivil Media$
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Diana C. Mutz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165110

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165110.001.0001

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How Politics on Television Has Changed

How Politics on Television Has Changed

(p.178) Chapter 8 How Politics on Television Has Changed
In-Your-Face Politics

Diana C. Mutz

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at content analysis evaluating the ways in which the visual content of television has changed since the inception of television news. By analyzing news programs that have aired continuously since the 1960s, it demonstrates that even within mainstream legacy media such as network news broadcasts, in-your-face politics is increasingly prominent. As an audiovisual medium, a television has effects that the same content would not produce if conveyed purely through audio or print. So regardless of whether politicians are any more rude and unpleasant than they were before, viewers experience incivility in a way that is far more noticeable and influential than it once was. Americans now see and experience political conflict from a perspective that was impossible in the past.

Keywords:   television, visual content, news programs, mainstream media, audiovisual medium, politicians, incivility, political conflict

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