How America Compares offers data and analysis on an encyclopedic range of social indicators, comparing the United States with 17 other politically stable, economically affluent democracies. Occasionally, there are more global perspectives, but most of the book examines commonalities and contrasts among these advanced democracies. There are very different media traditions in these democracies, especially in relation to public service broadcasting and the relative circulation of newspapers. Substantial differences between countries remain in journalists’ conceptions of their roles and in public attitudes to the news media. With the digital revolution, the media industries have been in upheaval in all these democracies.