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New Media and American Politics is the 1st booklet to envision the influence on glossy politics of the recent media, which come with speak radio, tabloid journalism, tv speak exhibits, leisure media, and machine networks. Davis and Owen talk about the hot media's cultural atmosphere, viewers, and content material, earlier than happening to guage its effect on every thing from elections to coverage making to the outdated media itself.

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The lack of proximity is understandable given the occasional nature of the direct relationship between politicians and new media. The traditional media and politicians have a long-standing symbiotic association, each depending on the other to sustain their livelihoods. The press interacts with politicians on a regular basis, since they constitute the major sources of news. Politicians use the media as a means of establishing public recognition and policy support. While politicians appear as guests and sit for interviews in new media forums, the new media do not use them as sources in the traditional sense.

27 Technological Change As has been the case historically, changes in the media environment invariably have coincided with significant advances in communications technology. Something of a technological revolution has been unfolding globally for the past decade. A plethora of devices—computers, fax machines, cellular phones, and pagers—that enhance the speed, facility, and diversity of communications options have become commonplace. In addition to enhancing the ability to convey information, new technologies have enabled the media to heighten the aesthetic quality of their products through the use of high-quality graphic and audio enhancements.

At the current stage of their evolution, new media are not committed to playing a responsible and established part in fostering citizen engagement. They are unpredictable in their political roles, and fail to offer the public truly meaningful ways of becoming more fully integrated into political affairs. 2 An Environment for New Media Historically, the American media have undergone distinct periods of intense, almost cyclical transition. The media continually are reacting and adapting to changes in technological, economic market, cultural, and political forces.

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