Media & Politics
The University of Delaware
Departments of Communication and Political Science & International Relations

POSC/COMM 340-010
Fall, 2002
Professor Ralph J. Begleiter

Tuesday & Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm

Room 315 Gore Hall

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Convention & Media


Since Edmund Burke dubbed the news media the "fourth estate" (following Louis XVI's designation of nobles, clergy and commoners as the first three "Estates,") journalists have played a varying role in influencing the conduct of global politics.

In the 20th century, the media served as cheerleader during two world wars and a regional conflict (Korea). But that role changed during another regional conflict, Vietnam, when journalists exposing the realities of southeast Asia to an American television audience influenced the national leadership's decision to withdraw. Before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the media were instrumental in shaping the emotions and responses of people around the world.

The news media also play an inescapable role in U.S. domestic politics, helping to shape agendas and create (or destroy) politicians.

This class explores the increasing interaction between makers of foreign and domestic policy and global news media, especially international television and the internet. Its objective is to analyze this indispensable symbiosis through the examination of case studies. How do the media influence the conduct and shape of politics, with special focus on international issues, and the fates of people abroad? Do the media share responsibility with politicians for successes and failures of policy? Do they bear responsibility for declining interest in politics among the American people?


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