gov ch 7

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High-tech politics

a politics in which the behavior of citizens and policymakers and the political agenda itself are increasingly shaped by technology

Mass media

television, radio, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and other means of popular communication

Media events

events purposely staged for the media that nonetheless look spontaneous. In keeping with politics as theater, media events can

Press conference

meetings of public officials with reporters

Investigative journalism

the use of in-depth reporting to unearth scandals, scams, and schemes, at times putting reports in adversial relationships with political leaders

Print media

newspapers and magazines as compared with broadcast media

Broadcast media

TV and radio, as compared with print media

Narrowcasting

media programming on cable TV or the Internet that is focused on one topic and aimed at a particular audience. Ex: MTV, ESPN, and C-SPAN

Chains

newspapers published by massive media conglomerates that account for over 4/5s of the nation's daily newspaper circulation. Often these chains control broadcast media as well.

Beats

specific locations from which news frequently emanates, such as © or the White House. Most top reporters work at a particular beat, thereby becoming specialists in what goes on at that location

Trial balloons

an intentional news leak for the purpose of assessing the political reaction

Sound bites

short video of approximately 10 seconds. Typically, they are all that is shown from a politician's speech on the nightly TV news

Talking head

a shot of a person's face talking directly to the camera. Because this is visually unappealing, the major commercial networks rarely show a politician talking one-on-one for very long

Policy agenda

the issues that attract the serious attention of public officials and other people actively involved in politics at the time

Policy entrepreneurs

people who invest their political "capital" in an issue. According to john Kingdon, a policy entrepreneur "could be in or out of (g), in elected or appointed positions, in interest groups or research organizations."

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