Salience Principles for Democracy

In Sophie Archer (ed.), Salience. Taylor and Francis (2022)
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I discuss the roles of journalism in aspirational democracies, and argue that they generate set of pressures on attention that apply to people by virtue of the type of society they live in. These pressures, I argue, generate a problem of democratic attention: for journalism to play its roles in democracy, the attentional demands must be met, but there are numerous obstacles to meeting them. I propose a principle of salience to guide the selection and framing of news stories that I argue may help address the puzzle: the public-as-protagonist principle.
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