From Epistemic to Identity Crisis: Perspectives on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Kreiss, Daniel
The International Journal of Press/Politics

Three recent books by eminent scholars explore the contours of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s Cyberwar takes up the question of Russian interference in the election. Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts’s Network Propaganda offers a sweeping view of the dynamics of the networked public sphere in the United States. While these books analyze the structure and content of political communication in the public sphere, John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck’s Identity Crisis details how elite communication intersects with an American public beset by sharp divisions in race, ethnicity, religion, and political affiliation. Taken together, all three make contributions to a body of political communication and political science literature.