How Canadians Communicate IV

Media and Politics

Edited by David Taras and Christopher Waddell

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  • Published: 2012
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 396 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Substantial changes have occurred in the nature of political discourse over the past thirty years. Once, traditional media dominated the political landscape, but in recent years Facebook, Twitter, blogs and Blackberrys have emerged as important tools and platforms for political campaigns. While the Canadian party system has proved surprisingly resilient, the rhythms of political life are now very different. A never-ending 24-hour news cycle has resulted in a never-ending political 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?

With contributions from such diverse figures as Elly Alboim, Richard Davis, Tom Flanagan, David Marshall, and Roger Epp, How Canadians Communicate IV is the most comprehensive review of political communication in Canada in over three decades - one that poses questions fundamental to the quality of public life.
David Taras holds the Ralph Klein Chair in mediastudies at Mount Royal University. He served as an expert advisor tothe House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage andco-edited the first two volumes in the How Canadians Communicateseries. He is the co-author of The Last Word: Media Coverage of theSupreme Court of Canada. Christopher Waddell isdirector of the School of Journalism and Communication at CarletonUniversity and holds the Carty Chair in business and financialjournalism. He was formerly national editor for The Globe andMail and Parliamentary bureau chief for CBC television news.

"Journalism has fallen on hard time and journalists have neither the incentive nor the resources to maintain the standard of informed independence that once characterized their profession. How Canadians Communicate IV carefully dissects the multiple causes of this condition and redefines the concept of political communication in Canada."
-David Smith, University of Saskatchewan