very similar in the Canadian and American settings--political environments that share a clear postindustrial character but differ in their institutional design and political cultures--adds further to the importance of the language game aspects of interest group politics in contemporary society.
In a period of declining conventional political participation and partisan affiliation, falling newspaper readerships, and widespread television dependency on the acquisition of understanding of social reality, the major struggle to capture influence likely lies in the language games of contemporary politics ( Kellner 1990, pp. 161-174). The raiding of animal labs, the announcement of having spiked old-growth trees, the futile occupation of fragile sections of land--what sense do these actions of "eco-warriors" make in terms of votes, contributions, or influence in a state legislative process? Unlike the groups studied here, some environmental activists have forsaken the conventional routes to influence completely and devoted their entire attention to the symbolic level of politics ( Scarce 1990). While the environmental groups that participated in this study maintain a faith in the propriety of remaining within the boundaries of conventional political struggle, they quite clearly are sensitive to the centrality of information phenomena and understand well the language game aspects of their work.