Thoughts on Agenda Setting, Framing, and Priming


David H. Weaver; e-mail:


This article discusses similarities and differences between “second-level” agenda setting and framing, and between priming and agenda setting. It presents data on the number of studies of agenda setting, framing, and priming indexed by Communication Abstract from 1971 to 2005, and it offers some conclusions about the cognitive processes involved in agenda setting, priming and framing.