Volume 7 of The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research series focuses on the relationship between democracy and the media. Using the extensive collection of the C-SPAN Video Library, chapters cover Trump political rallies, congressional references of late-night comedy, responses of African American congresswomen to COVID-19 bills, and congressional attacks on the media through floor speeches in the House of Representatives and Senate.
The C-SPAN Video Library is unique because there is no other research collection that is based on video research of contemporary politics. Methodologically distinctive, much of the research uses new techniques to analyze video, text, and spoken words of political leaders. No other book examines such a wide range of topics―from immigration to climate change to race relations―using video as the basis for research.
EVALUATING CANDIDATES FAST AND SLOW: CAN INITIAL IMPRESSIONS BE SOCIALLY INFLUENCED?, by Julie Grandjean, Jeffrey Hunter, and Erik P. Bucy
READ THE ROOM: THE EFFECT OF CAMPAIGN EVENT FORMAT ON THE USE OF EMOTIONAL LANGUAGE, by Zachary A. Scott
CONSTRUCTING 21ST-CENTURY CITIZENS: CONGRESSIONAL DISCOURSES IN U.S. CITIZENSHIP POLICY SPEECHES, by Alison N. Novak
TALKIN’ AND TESTIFYING: BLACK CONGRESSWOMEN’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19, by Nadia E. Brown, Jasmine C. Jackson, and Michael Strawbridge
TOEING THE LINE IN POLARIZED TIMES: CONGRESSIONAL ATTACKS ON THE MEDIA, by Carly Schmitt
CONGRESS AS COMEDY AUDIENCE: A DISCURSIVE ANALYSIS OF LATE-NIGHT COMEDY CITED IN CONGRESSIONAL DEBATES, by Stephanie Brown
GENDER SCHEMA AND POLITICS: A COGNITIVE STUDY ON GENDER ISSUES IN POLITICS, by Zachary Isaacs and Cassidy Hansen
PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS AND THE HEALTH SECURITY TASK FORCE: USING C-SPAN TO UNDERSTAND PERCEPTIONS OF EXPERTISE, by Bo Blew
BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL: C-SPAN2 AND SENATE LEADERS’ VIEWS OF TELEVISION COVERAGE, by Douglas B. Harris
EXAMINING ECONOMIC REALITY AND MEDIA SPECTACLE AT TRUMP CAMPAIGN RALLIES, by Timothy Betts
DONALD TRUMP’S CRUCIBLE: ANALYZING THE C-SPAN VIDEO ARCHIVE OF WISCONSIN TRUMP RALLIES, by David A. Frank
A COMPUTATIONAL EXPLORATION OF THE EVOLUTION OF GOVERNMENTAL POLICY RESPONSES TO EPIDEMICS BEFORE AND DURING THE ERA OF COVID-19, by Philip D. Waggoner
Robert X. Browning is a professor of political science and communication at Purdue University. He is the founder and executive director of the C-SPAN Archives, which received a George Foster Peabody Award in 2010 for its online Video Library of 278,000 hours of C-SPAN content. He is the author of Politics and Social Welfare Policy in the United States and articles on redistricting. He is the editor of the series The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research, published annually by Purdue University Press.
"The impressive tradition of research made possible by the C-SPAN Archives continues with the important and innovative studies in Democracy and the Media, the seventh volume in an ongoing series. The studies encompass a range of disciplinary perspectives while employing diverse theoretical approaches and inventive methodologies to address both current issues and seminal moments from the political past. The authors' inspired use of the rich C-SPAN data resources brings a fresh perspective to topics related to this unprecedented year in government and politics, including the presidential and congressional campaigns, congressional rhetoric, and the congressional response to COVID-19. Chapters also shed new light on enduring questions surrounding gender and issue credibility, the Clinton health care plan, and the Senate's decision to televise its proceedings. The insights from this volume will be of interest to scholars, students, political practitioners, and anyone who is captivated by American politics." — Diana Owen, Professor and Director of the Civic Education Research Lab, Georgetown University
"This essential volume gathers cutting-edge and important research utilizing the C-SPAN Archives. Field-leading scholars leverage this indispensable resource to tackle pressing issues such as race, gender, polarization, and health policy during the pandemic. Chapters include innovative research methodologies and creative uses of the archive to advance our understanding of American democracy. This collection is a must-read for scholars of political science, communication, journalism, and all others interested in how our democracy addresses (and sometimes fails to address) the core challenges of our time." — Benjamin R. Warner, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Missouri