1) The Media and Public Opinion on the Drug War

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1) The Media and Public Opinion on the Drug War a) A knowledgeable citizenry? i) Thick vs. thin ii) People aren’t interested or active iii) News stories about drugs iv) Glen Vias died v) William Bennett- 1989 (1) Morality of drugs b) Agenda setting: news stories that are given prominent coverage become salient to the public i) Anna Nicole Smith ii) Promote public interest 2) Constructing the “Political Spectacle” a) Distinguished from a traditional positivist problems b) Public facts are real and mobilize politics based on that i) Claims of fact are suspicious (1) Economy is great- fact (2) Not fact for all c) Politics as “political spectacle” i) Iraq- WMD d) Language and symbols used to construct political problems e) Implications of constructivist approach i) Political participation and representation as a charade (1) If it is the case that politics is a spectacle then more participation doesn’t create anything (2) Democratic goals won’t be fulfilled (3) Increase participation creates more problems
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course POLISCI 201 taught by Professor Tichenor during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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