The Political Pundits

Author: Dan D. Nimmo
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275935450
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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
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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.

Photojournalism and Foreign Policy

Author: David D. Perlmutter
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275958121
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David Perlmutter examines icons of outrage--the indelible images that presidents and journalists alike claim drive American foreign policy and public opinion. He uncovers the hidden frames that control the visualization of foreign affairs in major crises such as the Tet offensive, Tiananmen, and the intervention in Somalia.

Political Campaign Communication

Author: Judith S. Trent
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 144220673X
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Now in its seventh edition, Political Campaign Communication provides a realistic understanding of the strategic and tactical communication practices utilized in contemporary political campaigns. It draws on a wealth of examples from local to national political campaigns and communication theory to illustrate principles and practices of campaigns such as functions, stages, communicative styles, public speaking, debates, interpersonal communication, political advertising, and the use of the internet and new media. Trent, Friedenberg, and Denton's classic text has been updated to reflect recent election campaigns, including the 2010 congressional elections and the initial stages of the 2012 presidential election. Many sections now focus on the most recent presidential elections, and the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain. In addition, the authors have examined the expanding role of the internet in political campaigns. Political Campaign Communication continues to be a classroom favorite-a thoroughly researched, insightful, and reader-friendly text.

On Behalf of the President Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today

Author: Lauren A. Wright
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440848602
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White House expert Lauren A. Wright identifies, explains, and measures the impact of the expanding role of presidential spouses in the White House and presidential campaign communications strategy, with a focus on the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. • Examines the First Lady's role of enhancing the president's public image and expanding public support for his policy agenda • Focuses on the communications and public relations role of presidential spouses • Analyzes every documented public speech made by a first lady since 1992 • Includes interviews with many prominent former White House staff members, journalists, and presidential campaign strategists

Candidate Images in Presidential Elections

Author: Kenneth L. Hacker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275947149
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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:
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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.

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.

Random Selection in Politics

Author: Lyn Carson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275967024
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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How might the entire citizenry of a country make the decisions that affect them? Carson and Martin provide the first accessible and comprehensive overview of "random selection" as a possible process for transforming our modern political systems. Random selection, they show, can and has been used in community participation in short-term decision making and long-term planning. It can be a powerful tool in the development of local, federal, and international policy.