As the book shows, framing is far more than just a respectable form of spin or wordplay. Frames are mental structures which shape our worldviews. They structure the way we reason, and define what we take to be “common sense” – yet our use of frames is largely unconscious and reflexive. This has a huge bearing on politics and media. The book investigates many examples of political and news frames, from so-called “benefit tourists” and “flatlined economy”, to the moral framing of war, crime and “responsibility”, etc.
Author, Brian Dean, has previously written regular columns for The Guardian newspaper, The Idler and Sleaze magazines, among others. He is the creator of the counterculture magazine and website, Anxiety Culture (which was praised by the Guardian, BBC online and the likes of Robert Anton Wilson) and has, for several years, written a popular blog on the topic of news and political framing.