Insights about the American Public's Level of Political Awareness Article Review by Nicky

Review of the article "What Americans Know: 1989-2007: Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed by News and Information Revolutions" published by The Pew Research Center.
# 151280 | 837 words | 1 source | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Communication (Journalism) , Communication (Mass Media)


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Description:

This paper analyzes the results of a study conducted by the Pew Research Institute entitled "What Americans Know: 1989-2007: Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed by News and Information Revolutions" which researched the average American's knowledge of current affairs. First, the paper discusses how the data was collected. Then, it describes some demographic information . Next, the paper considers how news availability has changed over the past 20 years, particularly the advent of 24 hour per day cable news. Then, the paper explores the findings, noting in particular how education and awareness of current events are correlated. The paper concludes by stating that there is not much change in what Americans know in 2007 compared to what Americans knew in 1989, and that education remains the best predictor of the level of knowledge of a person.

From the Paper:

"There was also evidence that illustrates that changes in news format did not have any major impact on the level of knowledge the public has on both national and international affairs. (The Pew Research Center, 1) Interestingly, findings of the study showed that there are significant differences in the level of knowledge of the audiences for the different news outlets although there were no clear link between news format and the kind of knowledge that the audiences know. (The Pew Research Center, 2) Most of the well-informed audiences have reported tuning into cable television, the internet, broadcast television and radio.
"Findings of the study also showed that education still "proves to be the single best predictor of knowledge." (The Pew Research Center, 3) The more educated the audience, the more knowledgeable they are of national and international affairs. Results showed that 63% of those who belonged to the high knowledge group, or those who got at least 15 correct answers out of the 23 questions, are college graduated. (The Pew Research Center, 6) Meanwhile, almost half (49%) of those who fell in the low knowledge group have no more than a high school. diploma(The Pew Research Center, 6) Unfortunately, when Pew Research Center conducted a deeper analysis of the survey data, they found that the Americans did poorly in 2007 compared with how Americans of the same level of formal education performed in 1989."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Pew Research Center. (2007). What Americans Know: 1989-2007: Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed By News and Information Revolutions. Retrieved from http://online.columbiasouthern.edu/CSU_Content/ps2000/article.pdf

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APA Format

Insights about the American Public's Level of Political Awareness (2012, May 31) Retrieved March 31, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/insights-about-the-american-public-level-of-political-awareness-151280/

MLA Format

"Insights about the American Public's Level of Political Awareness" 31 May 2012. Web. 31 March. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/insights-about-the-american-public-level-of-political-awareness-151280/>

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