The Divided Electorate: Media Use and Political Involvement

Share/Save/Bookmark

Aarts, Kees and Semetko, Holli A. (2003) The Divided Electorate: Media Use and Political Involvement. The Journal of Politics, 65 (3). pp. 759-784. ISSN 0022-3816

[img]PDF
Restricted to UT campus only
: Request a copy
150Kb
Abstract:Research examining media effects on political attitudes has put forth broadly conflicting explanations: media use diminishes knowledge and involvement and contributes to political cynicism and declining turnout; media use contributes to learning, political involvement, trust, efficacy, and mobilization. We address these explanations with detailed measures for the Netherlands in 1998. A dual effects hypothesis is supported: regularly watching television news on the public service channels has positive effects on cognition, efficacy, and turnout, whereas regularly opting for commercial television news has negative effects. Viewing behavior thus separates the more knowledgeable, the efficacious, and the politically involved from those who are not, revealing what might be described as a "virtuous circle" for some and a "spiral of cynicism" for others.
Item Type:Article
Copyright:© 2003 Southern Political Science Association
Faculty:
Management and Governance (SMG)
Research Group:
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/58399
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2508.00211
Export this item as:BibTeX
EndNote
HTML Citation
Reference Manager

 

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Metis ID: 214762