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Media effects refer to how mass media affects its audience in decision making. Priming is considered as the predecessor of agenda setting , one of the theories of media effects.
International Trends in Agenda-Setting Research
Weaver School of Journalism, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN This article discusses similarities and differences between second-level agenda setting and framing, and between priming and agenda setting.
It presents data on the number of studies of agenda setting, framing, and priming indexed by Communication Abstract from to , and it offers some conclusions about the cognitive processes involved in agenda setting, priming and framing.
Nevertheless, I see these areas of communication research as interconnected and as involving some similar, although not identical, cognitive processes and effects. As I have written before Weaver, , p.
Whereas the first level of agenda setting is focused on the relative salience usually operationally defined as perceived importance of issues or subjects, the second level examines the relative salience of attributes of issues, as McCombs and Ghanem have described in detail. These agendas of attributes have been called the second level of agenda setting to distinguish them from the first level that has traditionally focused on issues objects , although the term level implies that attributes are more specific than objects, which is not always the case.
The perspectives and frames that journalists employ draw attention to certain attributes of the objects of news coverage, as well as to the objects themselves, and some of these perspectives can be very general e.
Corresponding author: David H. Entman , p. McCombs , p. He argues that there are many other agendas of attributes besides aspects of issues and traits of political candidates, and a good theoretical map is needed to bring some order to the vastly different kinds of frames discussed in various studies. Not all scholars agree that second-level agenda setting is equivalent to framing, at least not to more abstract, or macrolevel, framing. Gamson has conceived of framing in terms of a signature matrix that includes various condensing symbols catchphrases, taglines, exemplars, metaphors, depictions, visual images and reasoning devices causes and consequences, appeals to principles or moral claims.
In this present issue of the Journal of Communication, the authors employ a number of definitions of framing, including problem definitions, causal interpretations, moral evaluations, and treatment recommendations, as well as key themes, phrases, and words. The article on the constructionist approach to framing argues that framing incorporates a wider range of factors than priming and agenda setting, which are both cognitive concepts, and that frames are tied in with culture as a macrosocietal structure.
Whatever definitions of framing are used, and there do seem to be many more than for agenda setting or priming, it is clear that this term has become much more common in communication research articles than either agenda setting or priming in the past decade, rising from 2 articles indexed in Communication Abstracts in as compared with 15 on agenda setting to 76 in and in the period see Figure 1. In contrast, agenda-setting articles increased steadily from to from 4 to 40 , then dropped a bit from to , and went back to slightly above 40 in the period.
Articles focusing on priming in the communication journals indexed by Communication Abstracts were nonexistent from to , very few from to 5 , but became a bit more frequent in the last half of the s 14 and the first half of the decade Weaver Figure 1 Number of studies of agenda setting, framing, and priming, Note: These data were complied from Communication Abstracts BasicSearchwith agenda setting, framing, and priming as key words anywhere in record, respectively.
The first research article using the term framing appeared in in Journalism Quarterly, and the first article using the term priming appeared in in Discourse Processes. It is not clear why framing has become so much more popular with communication scholars than either agenda setting or priming in the past 10 years, but it may have something to do with the ambiguity or the comprehensive nature of the term.
Frame can be applied to many different aspects of messages and to many different types of messages. It can also be studied by means of systematic content analysis or more interpretive textual analysis alone, although many of the articles in this issue of Journal of Communication attempt to analyze the relationships between media frames and audience frames, a more theoretically fruitful approach to studying framing. But whether framing is more or less similar to second-level agenda setting depends very much on how framing is defined, as suggested earlier.
For example, a study by de Vreese, Peter, and Semetko concerns the framing in news reports of the introduction of the Euro monetary unit. This study defines frames in terms of amount of conflict over the introduction of the Euro and the economic consequences of adopting it in various countries.
Amount of conflict seems to fit the dictionary definition of an attribute an inherent characteristic or quality , whereas economic consequences seem to go beyond what would usually be considered an attribute of an issue.
Another example by Callaghan and Schnell deals with how the news media framed elite policy discourse concerning the issue of gun control. Weaver Agenda Setting, Framing, and Priming defined frames as stated or implied arguments.
Examples included guns deter crime, guns don t kill, people do, and there is a constitutional right to bear arms. These arguments seem to go beyond the commonly held definition of attribute because they are more than just characteristics or qualities of the issue. Priming and agenda setting A number of scholars have become interested in the effects of media agenda setting on public opinion and government policy. The focus on the consequences of agenda setting for public opinion sometimes labeled priming can be traced back at least to Weaver, McCombs, and Spellman , p.
Their speculation was supported a decade later when Iyengar and Kinder , in controlled field experiments, linked television agenda-setting effects to evaluations of the U. Weaver also found that increased concern over the federal budget deficit was linked to increased knowledge of the possible causes and solutions of this problem, stronger and more polarized opinions about it, and more likelihood of engaging in some form of political behavior regarding the issue, even after controlling for various demographic and media-use measures.
Willnat , p. Scheufele asserts that the theoretical premises of agenda setting and framing are different that agenda setting and priming rely on the theory of attitude accessibility by increasing the salience of issues and thus the ease with which they can be retrieved from memory when making political judgments, whereas framing is based on prospect theory that assumes that subtle changes in the description of a situation invoke interpretive schemas that influence the interpretation of incoming information rather than making certain aspects of the issue more salient.
Conclusions There are similarities between second-level agenda setting and framing, even if they are not identical processes. Both are more concerned with how issues or other objects people, groups, organizations, countries, etc.
Weaver most salient or prominent aspects or themes or descriptions of the objects of interest. Both are concerned with ways of thinking rather than objects of thinking. But framing does seem to include a broader range of cognitive processes such as moral evaluations, causal reasoning, appeals to principles, and recommendations for treatment of problems than does second-level agenda setting the salience of attributes of an object.
It seems likely that agenda setting and priming are based on more similar cognitive processes, as Scheufele has suggested, because both are salience based, although agenda setting seems to be more than just a matter of accessibility, as Takeshita has argued and as studies using the concept of need for orientation Matthes, ; Weaver, , have found perceived relevance and uncertainty affect the degree of agenda setting.
Not all persons are equally affected by the same amount and prominence of media coverage, and not all easily accessible information is considered important. As Takeshita , p.
The first one is the idea of perceived importance, whereas the second one top of mind is closer to the idea of accessibility. The two meanings do seem to be correlated, but not identical, as illustrated by a study by Nelson, Clawson, and Oxley that concluded that their measure of perceived importance a self-report question was more theoretically valuable than their measure of accessibility response time because perceived importance was found to mediate the subsequent effect of framing while accessibility did not.
To sum up, there are similarities and connections between agenda setting, priming, and framing, but they are not identical approaches. Framing studies have far outstripped both agenda setting and priming studies in popularity during the past decade, but framing seems to be the least well defined of the three, conceptually or operationally. Future studies should make renewed efforts to define frames and framing more clearly, and to clarify the similarities and differences and explore the relationships between framing and agenda setting, and between framing and priming.
A number of the articles in this issue of Journal of Communication are beginning to do this, which is a promising sign of things to come.
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Thoughts on Agenda Setting, Framing, and Priming
This review synthesizes the existing literature on cognitive media effects, including agenda setting, framing, and priming, in order to identify their similarities, differences, and inherent commonalities. Based on this review, we argue that the theory and research on each of these cognitive effects share a common view that media affect audience members by influencing the relative importance of considerations used to make subsequent judgments including their answers to post-exposure survey questions. In reviewing this literature, we note that one important factor is often ignored, the extent to which a consideration featured in the message is deemed usable for a given subsequent judgment, a factor called judged usability, which may be an important mediator of cognitive media effects like agenda setting, framing and priming. Emphasizing judged usability leads to the revelation that media coverage may not just elevate a particular consideration, but may also actively suppress a consideration, rendering it less usable for subsequent judgments, opening a new avenue for cognitive effects research. In the interest of integrating these strands of cognitive effects research, we propose the Judged Usability Model as a revision of past cognitive models.
such as agenda setting and priming, many of which are thought to be related or at least based on similar premises (for overviews, see McCombs, ; Price.
Framing and Power Influences of the Media: A Multi-level Political Economy Approach
Weaver School of Journalism, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN This article discusses similarities and differences between second-level agenda setting and framing, and between priming and agenda setting. It presents data on the number of studies of agenda setting, framing, and priming indexed by Communication Abstract from to , and it offers some conclusions about the cognitive processes involved in agenda setting, priming and framing. Nevertheless, I see these areas of communication research as interconnected and as involving some similar, although not identical, cognitive processes and effects. As I have written before Weaver, , p.
Wie die Medien die Welt erschaffen und wie die Menschen darin leben pp Cite as. Agenda-setting research, first explored empirically in the United States in by Maxwell McCombs and Donald Shaw, has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in recent years to become more international in scope. This chapter highlights some of these more recent studies, especially those conducted outside the United States. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.