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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Fred Fletcher

Politics & Policy

University   York University, University Professor Emeritus
E-Mail Address   ffletch@yorku.ca
Phone Number   416-736-5057
Office Location   TEL Building, 2012
Office Hours   TBA

 

Education

B.A. (UBC); M.A. (Duke); Ph.D. (Duke)

Biography

Professor Fletcher’s interests include mass media and politics, communication policy, election campaigns and public opinion (all with a focus on Canada), also federalism and environmental issues. Publications include articles in many journals and edited books. He is the co-author of Canadian Attitude Trends, 1960-78, The Newspaper and Public Affairs, Canadian Politics Through Press Reports, Media Elections and Democracy, and Reaching the Voter: Constituency Campaigning in Canada. He has worked for three Royal Commissions, including the recent Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, where as Research Coordinator, Media and Elections. His current research focuses on election campaigns -- as principal investigator, an Election Broadcasting Project -- and news coverage of environmental issues.

Research Interests

Political communication; social advocacy; communication and public policy; communication policy.

Selected Publications

"Mass media and elections in Canada." In F. Fletcher (ed.), Media, Elections and Democracy. Volume 19 of the research studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 1992. (with R. Everett)

Media and Voters in Canadian Election Campaigns. Volume 18 of the research studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 1992.

Media, Elections and Democracy. Volume 19 of the research studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 1992.

"Mirror or participant? The news media and environmental policy," in R.Boardman (ed.), Canadian Environmental Policy: Ecosystems, Politics and Process. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1992. (with L. Stahlbrand)

 

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan