gov-Chapter 13 - Vaughn 1 Chapter 13 Discussion Questions 2 Communication scholars refer to this merging of traditional and digital media as media

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Vaughn 1 Chapter 13 Discussion Questions 2. Communication scholars refer to this merging of traditional and digital media as media convergence, and it has implications for our political as well as social lives. In some ways our own democratic political community has been harder to achieve. For much of our history, we haven’t known our fellow citizens outside of our own communities, we have been unable to directly investigate the issues ourselves, and we’ve had no idea what actions our government has taken to deal with issues unless the media told us. We are still dependent on the mass media to connect us to our government, and to create the only real space we have for public deliberation of issues. Government officials can communicate with us directly, bypassing the traditional press. Despite that fact that most of the American public is exposed to some news, and some people are exposed to quite a lot of it, levels of political information in this country are not high. In one study, only about half of the public could correctly answer questions about domestic politics and public figures. These politically informed people are not evenly distributed
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