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The Space of OpinionMedia Intellectuals and the Public Sphere$
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Ronald N. Jacobs and Eleanor Townsley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.001.0001

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Media Commentary and the Space of Opinion

Media Commentary and the Space of Opinion

(p.3) 1 Media Commentary and the Space of Opinion
The Space of Opinion

Ronald N. Jacobs

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 argues that opinion and news commentary are neglected topics in research literatures about media, democracy and the public sphere. It offers the idea of the space of opinion as a way of conceptualizing the role of opinion in contemporary democracies. The space of opinion is defined as a distinct social space with its own history and cultural logic, located at the chaotic intersection of the journalistic, the political and the academic fields. The chapter concludes with a description of research design, including details about sampling and data collection strategies from six major opinion formats in print and television: The New York Times, USA Today, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Face the Nation, Crossfire, and Hannity & Colmes.

Keywords:   civil society, communicative rationality, strong program in cultural sociology, cultural fields, newspapers, opinion and news commentary, journalism, democratic deliberation, intellectuals, think tanks

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