The Political Pundits

Author: Dan D. Nimmo
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275935450
Format: PDF
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The Political Pundits surveys in detail the small, elite group of persons who comment on and analyze politics in newspapers and newsmagazines, on political media. Dan Nimmo and James E. Combs discuss the key political role pundits play, their methods and strategies, and the potential danger they present to American political life. American democracy is being transformed into a punditocracy, which replaces serious citizen debate with discussion guided by show business values. Punditry, Nimmo and Combs argue, produces symbolic rather than effective healing of political ills, political paternalism rather than political reflection, and, in the end, public disenchantment with politics.

Political Commentators in the United States in the 20th Century

Author: Dan D. Nimmo
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313295850
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The only volume of its kind to trace the development of political commentary in the 20th century through bio-critical analyses of the century's most significant professional political communicators in the United States.

Candidate Images in Presidential Elections

Author: Kenneth L. Hacker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275947149
Format: PDF, Docs
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A compendium of up-to-date theory and research on image-making in U.S. presidential elections, specifically dealing with how election results hinge on voter perceptions of candidates and how candidates seek to construct images thought to attract voters.

Enacting Political Culture

Author: David E. Procter
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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From July 3-6, 1986, Americans hailed the 4th of July and the centennial of the Statue of Liberty in a celebration that became officially known as Liberty Weekend. In this study, David Procter analyzes the process of enacting political culture by examining how various political, religious, and ethnic groups transformed the experience of Liberty Weekend into a validation of their own individual social and political agendas. Broader in scope than any previous published work on political culture and the political ideal of liberty, Procter's work vividly demonstrates the rhetorical process by which American politicians, pundits, and community spokespersons convert political celebration into motivation for sociopolitical goals. Following an introductory chapter on the relationship between symbols and culture, Procter provides an overview of the analysis of political culture as well as general comments on Liberty Weekend itself. Subsequent chapters analyze how specific groups used the weekend to further their own sociopolitical goals. Procter explains how blacks transformed the celebration into competing statements of community identity, explores how Ronald Reagan converted the event into a celebration of his Revolution, and examines how a nationalist group cast the event into a motive for an involved or confrontational American foreign policy. He then synthesizes the significant themes and symbolic clusters from these three chapters to determine what these webs of discourse can tell us about American political culture. Procter concludes that each group called on the ideograph Liberty to justify their specific, yet diverse, political agendas and that these disparate groups were able to use this common symbol because fundamentally Liberty represents America's cultural persona of pursuing a dream of success and achievement. Ideal as supplemental reading for courses in political communication and rhetorical criticism, this book represents a major contribution to our understanding of the complex nature of American political culture.

Warriors Words

Author: Keith Spencer Felton
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN:
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Analyzes the written and spoken communications of 15 significant leaders at critical times of their careers, among them Mohandas Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Joseph McCarthy, and Martin Luther King. To illustrate the power of language to transform listeners into agents of change, shows h

Media Democracy and European Culture

Author: Ib Bondebjerg
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1841502472
Format: PDF
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Presents research on Europe, from social, political and cultural perspectives, equally focusing on each dimension of democracy in Europe. This book discusses the role of the media, communication policy and the question of how the media report on Europe runs as a thread through various contributions.

The Dynamics of Political Communication

Author: Richard M. Perloff
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317228936
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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What impact do news and political advertising have on us? How do candidates use media to persuade us as voters? Are we informed adequately about political issues? Do twenty-first-century political communications measure up to democratic ideals? The Dynamics of Political Communication: Media and Politics in a Digital Age, Second Edition explores these issues and guides us through current political communication theories and beliefs by detailing the fluid landscape of political communication and offering us an engaging introduction to the field and a thorough tour of the discipline. Author Richard Perloff examines essential concepts in this arena, such as agenda-setting, agenda-building, framing, political socialization, and issues of bias that are part of campaign news. Designed to provide an understanding and appreciation of the principles involved in political communication along with methods of research and hypothesis-testing, each chapter includes materials that challenge us by encouraging reflection on controversial matters. Inside this Second Edition you’ll find: Expanded discussion of conceptual problems, communication complexities, and key issues in the field. New examples, concepts, and studies reflecting current political communication scholarship. The integration of technology throughout the text, reflecting its pervasive role in the political spectrum. Accompanied by an updated companion website with resources for students and instructors, The Dynamics of Political Communication prepares you to survey the political landscape with a more critical eye, and encourages a greater understanding of the challenges and occurrences presented in this constantly evolving field.

The Media and the Persian Gulf War

Author: Robert E. Denton
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN:
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Focuses on the processes and effects of the media, both leading up to and during the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. Chapters discuss such topics as the relationship between the press and the censoring military; CNN's and C-SPAN's coverage; and how popular culture legitimised the war.