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[book cover] How Canadians Communicate IV

edited by David Taras and Christopher Waddell

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May 2012

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Canadian Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies: Media Studies / Political & International Studies / Public Policy



About the Book

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.


About the Editors

David Taras holds the Ralph Klein Chair in media studies at Mount Royal University. He served as an expert advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and co-edited the first two volumes in the How Canadians Communicate series. He is the co-author of The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Christopher Waddell is director of the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University and holds the Carty Chair in business and financial journalism. He was formerly national editor for The Globe and Mail and Parliamentary bureau chief for CBC television news.



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

Part I     The Changing World of Media and Politics

Download1. The Uncertain Future of the News
Florian Sauvageau

Download2. On the Verge of Total Dysfunction: Government, Media, and Communications
Elly Alboim

Download3. Blogs and Politics
Richard Davis

Download4. The 2011 Federal Election and the Transformation of Canadian Media and Politics
David Taras and Christopher Waddell

Download5. Berry’d Alive: The Media, Technology, and the Death of Political Coverage
Christopher Waddell

Download6. Political Communication and the “Permanent Campaign”
Tom Flanagan

Download7. Are Negative Ads Positive? Political Advertising and the Permanent Campaign
Jonathan Rose

Download8. E-ttack Politics: Negativity, the Internet, and Canadian Political Parties
Tamara Small

Download9. Myths Communicated by Two Alberta Dynasties
Alvin Finkel

Download10. Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Canadian Forces News Media Relations and
Operational Security
Robert Bergen

Part II     Citizens and Politics in Everyday Life

Download11. Exceptional Canadians: Biography in the Public Sphere
David Marshall

Download12. Off-Road Democracy: The Politics of Land, Water, and Community in Alberta
Roger Epp

Download13. Two Solitudes, Two Québecs, and the Cinema In-Between
Dominique Perron

Download14. Verbal Smackdown: Charles Adler and Canadian Talk Radio
Shannon Sampert

Download15. Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art: Storyworking in the Public Sphere
Troy Patenaude

Download16. Intimate Strangers: The Formal Distance Between Music and Politics in Canada
Richard Sutherland

DownloadFinal Thoughts: How Will Canadians Communicate About Politics and the Media in 2015?
Christopher Waddell




A review of How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics recently appeared on Colin Horgan discusses the state of modern journalism and offers his interpretation of what the future holds for politics in the media. [read the complete review]


“The digital age has transformed the media and political communication landscape, but it’s not necessarily for the better, argues an important new volume How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics, published by Athabasca University Press.” [read the complete review]

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