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Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

Let's Get Loud: Mobilizing the Silent Majority

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Dans tous les pays européens, les femmes gagnent toujours moins que les hommes. Des données sur les femmes qui travaillent à temps complet dans 30 pays montrent que leur salaire horaire devrait augmenter de 19 % en moyenne pour égaler celui des hommes. Ainsi, en France, où l’écart est proche de la moyenne régionale, leur salaire devrait passer de 584 euros à 697 euros pour une semaine de 40 heures. Dans certains pays, l’écart est encore plus marqué : en 2015, il pouvait représenter un tiers du salaire des femmes.

Contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait penser, ce n’est pas la Scandinavie qui affiche les inégalités les plus faibles, mais la Croatie, la Grèce et la Belgique, où une hausse de 12 % suffirait à combler l’écart. Et la situation n’évolue que très lentement. Sur une période de cinq ans, l’écart ne s’est réduit que dans 10 des 30 pays européens examinés. Dans certains pays, l’écart s’est creusé au cours des cinq dernières années, notamment en Pologne, en Bulgarie, en Lituanie et en France, où il a été multiplié par deux.

 
 

RIP Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

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ddpLast week, the field of communication lost one of its most eminent figures, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, who died on March 25 at the age of 93. A German public opinion scholar, Noelle-Neumann has had a powerful influence on the study of public opinion and political communication worldwide. Her most notable contribution, the theory of the Spiral of Silence, has made a lasting impression on the field.

Quote of the Week

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从事自由职业的艺术导演和摄影师Khloud Hassan(右)与Yomna Mandouh在位于阿联酋迪拜的360工作室查看图片,2017年5月12日。Khloud是在线业务网络的会员,这家名称为Nabbesh的网络帮助像Khloud一样的自由职业者寻找工作。摄影:© Dominic Chavez/国际金融公司 


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Social Networking Sites: Getting People to Speak Their Minds

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On Facebook, I have noticed an interesting trend: some of my friends who are normally introverted and shy in person are a lot more vocal and seem to have fewer qualms about voicing their opinions on the site. They post status updates sharing their thoughts on issues, comment on others’ posts, and provide links to websites, articles, photos and videos about topics that they deem important, even creating interest-specific groups to attract those who are keen to participate in online discussions on key causes. Part of this phenomenon might be psychological. Maybe we feel a certain degree of safety on social networking sites because they give us the option not to have to engage in physical, face-to-face interactions with those who might disagree. On these interfaces, there is no need to worry about potentially negative consequences arising from differences in opinion, such as ridicule, humiliation, confrontation, and isolation. If social networking sites can embolden even the shiest of us to voice our true opinions, could they be the answer to breaking the spiral of silence on contested issues?

Quote of the Week

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"Public opinion seems to achieve integration: the individuals trying to avoid isolation are ready to compromise, thereby furnishing society with some common ground which, as is generally acknowledged, is a condition for the society's survival. Public opinion seems to stabilize societies. Partly this is a consequence of integration but it is more. Political scientists interested in developing societies complain that the lack of public opinion, or of an infrastructure of consensus among persons interested in the political sphere, leads to extreme and frequent upheavals. Public opinion establishes priorities. In the field of communication research, this is called the agenda-setting function. It dictates what problems society deems to be its most urgent tasks. Public opinion confers legitimation. It is striving for consensus (exerting strong conformity pressure on the individuals), defending established norms, or creating those which in turn will be legally sanctioned. This is the meaning of 'all governments rest on opinion.'"

Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

Breaking the Spiral of Silence About Corruption

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Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank
Enfermeras cuidan a recién nacidos en un hospital de maternidad en Freetown, Sierra Leona.
© Dominic Chavez/Banco Mundial

La semana pasada, cuando se celebró el Día Mundial de la Población, pensé en la alegría que representan los niños y el derecho de las mujeres a decidir cuándo tener hijos. Es importante para las mujeres, pero también para la sociedad en conjunto. No puede existir desarrollo sostenible si las mujeres no están empoderadas, y no puede haber empoderamiento de las mujeres sin acceso a un conjunto amplio de servicios de salud materna y reproductiva. La planificación familiar es uno de esos servicios.