Pros And Cons Of Political Communication

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Historical/Sociological Lens:

The advancements of communication have affected not only the amount and widespread reach of political communication, but also have affected the perception of importance of partisanship (or nonpartisanship) in society. Historically, partisanship in the press and in politics has been something citizens clung to for dear life. Their party was a part of their identity, and an extension of their values and their selves. Partisanship was also predominantly segregated into only 2 groups. Furthermore, historically, political communication was centralized in the home. Things such as scheduled air time for government announcements made families more emotionally invested in politics. It was a family value to gather around
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Politicians do not have to wait long to receive a response. Another benefit is politicians are able to reach audiences easier and able to inform them of their agendas. People are able to see how politicians carry themselves (dress, clothes, posture). Politicians are able to research the communities and people they are hoping to persuade. A theory that goes with this is Expectancy Violation Theory. Expectancy Violation Theory states that based on the receiver, messages could have a favorable or unfavorable meaning. Another theory that ties into this issue is the Argumentation Theory. this theory tells the importance of communication for human beings and how it is important to their …show more content…
Also a few may think that the government from a political standpoint can use and abuse the power of national security and privacy in technology advances. Let’s say for instance your telephone provider can track everything you do on your phone. So it comes to no surprise that government officials can and will ask for personal information from these mobile device companies. In fact the research done by Parsons (2015), “(p. 2.). “ In Raising the Digital Curtains, states “Authorities seek access to telecommunications data because citizens live significant parts of their lives online. To begin, government agencies can receive interception warrants that are issued on reasonable grounds to believe that a crime is or will be committed. Such warrants are for capturing data in real-time, such as telephone calls or text messages.” This just gives further evidence that the government can and will use personal information if the individual poses as a threat to society. Much like the capture of the terrorist group called “the White Panthers” after they bombed a CIA office in Michigan. During the investigation the government illegally wiretapped the phones of the militant group without proper jurisdiction. The Nixon administration argued that since it was a national security issue he should be allowed special powers to supercede the fourth amendment. The Supreme Court denied his request this situation

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