After Broadcast News, New book by Bruce Williams and Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini

Is there a difference between Tina Fey and Katie Couric? With the boundaries between news and entertainment growing ever more permeable, sources like The Daily Show, Twitter, and Wikileaks have come to rival mainstream outlets as the primary source of politically relevant information, from breaking news like the death of Osama bin Laden to spreading scandals like “Weinergate.” The media regime of the twentieth century has been dismantled, but a new regime has yet to emerge. After Broadcast News:Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment (Cambridge University Press; November 22, 2011) puts this challenge into historical context, presenting it as the latest in a line of critical fractures between citizens, political elites, and the media. Driven by economic, political, cultural, and technological changes throughout history, distinct media regimes have appeared, each with its own rules and norms, and each the result of political struggle with clear winners and losers.  

Authors Bruce A. Williams and Annenberg’s Michael X. Delli Carpini illustrate how the media model of the twentieth century, with journalists policing the flow of politically relevant information, was only one among several that have existed in the United States. They argue that, while it had some valuable aspects, this model also had very narrow notions of what information was politically important and what the role of citizens should be in a democracy. With case studies and in-depth analysis of mediated representations of climate change, political scandal, and war, After Broadcast Newslooks toward the creation of a new media regime and, with the benefit of historical context, explores what is potentially most beneficial and most problematic about today's new information environment. “This book will change the way you see the world. It’s a compelling call to arms to stop fighting the last era’s media battles in order to better direct the changes to come.” – Rodney Benson, New York University  

About the authors: Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication and is the Walter H. Annenberg Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He is author of four books, including Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America (with Lawrence Jacobs and Fay Lomax Cook, 2009). Delli Carpini was awarded the 2008 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the Political Communication Division of the American PoliticalScience Association. Bruce A. Williams, Ph.D.,teaches in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of four books, most recently The New Media Environment: An Introduction (with Andrea L. Press, 2010). He is co-editor of The Communication Review. Dr. Williams will deliver a noon-time lecture at Annenberg on Oct. 28.