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Greater media choice risks creating an information gap between ‘news-seekers’ and ‘news-avoiders’

Strömbäck, Jesper (2014) Greater media choice risks creating an information gap between ‘news-seekers’ and ‘news-avoiders’. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (18 Jun 2014). Website.

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Abstract

For democracy to function correctly, citizens need to have an adequate level of political knowledge on which to judge political representatives. Media use is generally regarded as being one of the key factors affecting the distribution of this information, but how has the greater media choice provided through the Internet and other mediums affected the knowledge of citizens? Jesper Strömbäck presents a case study from Sweden which maps the changing media use of citizens since the mid-1980s. He illustrates that as media choice has increased, there has also been a rise in the percentage of individuals who either actively seek out news or avoid it. This raises the prospect that greater media choice could create unequal levels of political knowledge across society, potentially reducing social cohesion and creating a fertile ground for protest movements.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 11:36
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2020 23:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71911

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