Noelle-Neumann, a political researcher in Germany, observed ‘spiral of silence’ condition in political opinion. In Littlejohn & Foss’ book, he stated that spiral of silence occurs when publics are divided in two sides: those who express their opinion and those who remain quiet. ‘So one side of an issue ends up with much publicity and the other side with little’ (303).
When there is an influential issue in media, they will provide point of views that practically will also drive public opinion. Take terrorism issue in the mid 2010. Public opinion is driven by breaking news in media. There is opinion created that those Indonesian Muslims are terrorism and police had successfully arrested or shot them. But little public questioned the media publication, like what are the causes so police can easily judge those people are terrorists? Continue reading