Partisan news media revolves around careful selection of news and it utilizes “shrinking Presidential sound bites” and news leaks to fuel the political polarization in American politics today. ... ... middle of paper ... ...of the “shrinking presidential sound bite”. Sound bites, catchy phrases and slogans, are taken from larger speeches for the purpose of conveying the speech’s overall message in much less time. This mode of communication contributes to the polarized political atmosphere because the nature of this technique inherently creates the attitude that if you can’t make a memorable statement in less than ten seconds, then your political aspirations are over. Because of the strict time limit, candidates are no longer able to present their arguments or stance; instead they develop sound bites that will appeal to the viewers.
As said by Angela Phillips and Tamara Wtschge, “Information is to democracy what oxygen is to fire. Without one the other cannot survive. This is why democracy and the independent news media have developed hand in hand, and why any threat to the survival of organized news in the public interest is also a threat to democracy.” (Changing Journalism, 2011, pg. 1) In this day and age, the public is able to make their political presence felt and their opinions heard instead of simply being docile receivers of political news. Authors such as Muthukumaraswamy believe that a “significant accomplishment of the new media world is the shifting of power from publishers and advertisers toward the people” (2010, pg.
The debate over democracy began at the time of our nation’s founding and still strongly exists among today’s society. With the rapid development of technology and social media, American politics have become a complete mess as it is being displayed in our current presidential election. Almost everyone in America believes in democracy, however, Americans possess many different beliefs regarding how far democracy should extend into political, social, and economical life. One of the fundamental arguments that exist among political scientists is the idea of popular democracy versus elite democracy. Elite democrats hold the belief that democracy is a valuable method for selecting our government officials, yet they are cynical about the political
For much of American history, political parties have played a prominent role in the United States government. Many people wonder whether or not this is favorable for The United States. Many say that political parties divide and are too constricting, while others say that political parties fulfill a necessary role in government. Either way, political parties in America go back a long way and have been very influential in American history. Political parties have their positives and their negatives, but they are ingrained in American society and are going nowhere soon.
Electronic communication has dramatically changed the way people used to get in touch with each other. There are several ways making use of which the role and extent of communication technology has been transformed. The sustainability related aspects for each and every country are closely related with the transformations being carried out in the way electronic communications are being carried out. The prominent aspect to be stated at this point of time indicates towards the role of electronic communication in accelerating economic growth. The reason for improved economic growth is extensive capital formulation and this is fueled by use of electronic communication technology.
New social media, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter with their “premise of increased engagement, a radical change from mass communication to interaction, from information transmission to dialogue” (Hoffmann & Kornweitz, 2011, p. 32) have made users to be more extrovert, provided them a link to other parts of the world or simply created opportunities to get in touch with someone they never expected before. Hence, the existence of media has plays a significant role in human life today. Thus, these changes do not only happen in today’s societies who are surrounded by technologies brought by vast growth of information and communication channels. In fact, media have revolutionized the human civilization since thousand years ago when people “had no idea about electricity or alphabets” (Hikmah, 2011). History has proved that the invention of communication tools such as printed media or telephone has encouraged people to extend their influence over people in other areas, spread their ideas or even inspired them to transform the governmental system (Crowley & Heyer, 2011 ).
Background Many controversial topics have surfaced recently, but one that tends to fly under the radar is lobbying. Lobbying is defined as a group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to a group’s special interests (“Lobby”). Although average citizens are not fully aware of the issue, it is quite contentious in politics. For those who are against it, they believe that restrictions should be placed on lobbying because it distorts democracy. Lobbyists use money and cost-effective strategies to sway the opinions of lawmakers.
From the tim... ... middle of paper ... ...ess Americans act now and push for lobbying reform, the American pubic will continue to suffer from the lack of a useful and compassionate government that cares about fixing America’s problems. Aside from partisanship in government, lobbying is the biggest problem in American politics today, and it is quite unfortunate how the majority of people do not know what lobbying is or what it is doing to the government. The American public does not deny that the government needs fixing, but because they do not know about lobbying or its effects, they can only stand and watch as their government of the people, by the people, for the people, crumbles to the ground. Lobbying is detrimental to America’s political climate since it places the interests of politicians and companies over all other concerns. America is truly paralyzed, and this corrupt lobbying is to blame.
An informed, participating citizenry depends on media that play a public service function. As James Madison once put it, "A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both." But these democratic functions lie beyond the reach of the current American media system. If we are serious about democracy, then, we need to work aggressively for reform. James Fallows supports the idea that the media has contributed a negative view of the events that surround us.
The Strengths and Weaknesses of the System of Choosing Presidential Candidates It seems reasonable to conjecture that the Achilles' heel of the modern presidency is one of recruitment. The long-winded delegate nomination process could in theory be replaced by a daylong direct election of presidential candidates. Instead, tradition dictates that the presidential race is drawn out quadrennially over the pre-primary, primary, Party Convention and campaign seasons. All four phases influence the outcome of candidate selection and much also depends on campaign finance, the role of the media and the nominees themselves. Although the process is considered a "complex, drawn-out affair" in the eyes of observers (Janda and Al, 1994 p191), the system ensures the person chosen will become an established national public figure by the November Presidential election.