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How Canadians Communicate IV

Media and Politics

Over the past thirty years, the fundamental character of political discourse has been transformed. As the influence of on-the-spot TV coverage and opinion programs grew, print media—newspapers especially—began to lose their dominant position in the political landscape. More recently, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and BlackBerrys have emerged as important tools for political reporting and analysis and as platforms for the conduct of political campaigns. While the Canadian party system has proved surprisingly resilient, the rhythms of political life are now very different. A relentless, 24-hour news cycle has resulted in the “permanent” campaign. The implications of this new political style and its impact on political discourse are issues vigorously debated in this new volume of How Canadians Communicate, as is the question on every politician's mind: How can we draw a generation of digital natives into the current political dialogue?

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


The Past and Future of Political Communication in Canada: An Introduction / David Taras

PART I: The Changing World of Media and Politics

1.       The Uncertain Future of the News / Florian Sauvageau

2.       On the Verge of Total Dysfunction: Government, Media, and Communications / Elly Alboim

3.       Blogs and Politics / Richard Davis

4.       The 2011 Federal Election and the Transformation of Canadian Media and Politics / David Taras and Christopher Waddell

5.       Berry’d Alive: The Media, Technology, and the Death of Political Coverage / Christopher Waddell

6.       Political Communication and the “Permanent Campaign” / Tom Flanagan

7.       Are Negative Ads Positive? Political Advertising and the Permanent Campaign / Jonathan Rose

8.       E-ttack Politics: Negativity, the Internet, and Canadian Political Partis / Tamara Small

9.       Myths Communicated by Two Alberta Dynasties / Alvin Finkel

10.   Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Canadian Forces News Media Relations and Operational Security / Robert Bergen

PART II: Citizens and Politics in Everday Life

11.   Exceptional Canadians: Biography in the Public Sphere /

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