The Inherent Arbitrariness of the ‘News’ versus ‘Entertainment’ Distinction

Michael X. Delli Carpini is Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is coauthor of the new book Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Politics in America (University of Chicago Press, 2009). I suspect that readers of this essay would agree that a functioning “public sphere,” supported by a vibrant, discursive “public culture,” […]

Media Systems, News Delivery and Citizens’ Knowledge of Current Affairs

Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. He is the recipient of several professional awards including the Philip Converse Award (APSA) for the best book in the field of public opinion, the Murray Edelman Lifetime Achievement Award, […]

A Family of Public Spheres

Michael Schudson is a professor of communication at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, and at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (1998) and, most recently, of Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008). He is currently working on a report (with Leonard Downie) on […]