Mass medias effects on both public opinion and the perception of the public opinion are central to the spiral of silence theory one of the earliest works that called attention to the relationship between media and the formation of public opinion was walter lippmanns book public opinion published in 1923. The study of public opinion is more burdened than most social studies with diversity in the definition of terms and ambiguity in the modes of expression concerning the public mind a theory of public opinion as viewed here is not necessarily associated with any particular form of government such as political democracy. A theory of public opinion and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone tablet or computer no kindle device required . He examines the relation of the theory of public opinion to the intellectuals the middle class and the various revolutionary and proletarian movements of the modern era the circumstances in which the individual may refuse to follow the opinions of the experts are succinctly and movingly analyzed this book is a historical and philosophical . Francis graham wilson 1901 1976 an eminent political scientist lifelong scholar of public opinion and a central figure in the postwar american conservative intellectual movement was born near junction texas to horace ernest and stella jane graham wilson
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