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Agenda Setting Theory
Maxwell McCombs & Donald Shaw

Mass Communication: Media Effects


Theory Overview (9th Edition)

The media tell us (1) what to think about, and (2) how to think about it. The first process (agenda setting) transfers the salience of items on their news agenda to our agenda. The second process (framing) transfers the salience of selected attributes to prominence among the pictures in our heads. (Socio-psychological tradition)

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