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Remote and Controlled: Media Politics in a Cynical Age

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Remote and Controlled examines the issue of widespread cynicism in an era of abundant information, asking whether it is possible to consume a steady diet of mainstream media and still understand and respect the political process. Starting with central examples of television's political coverage and the media's focus on the president, the author explores a variety of media - from newspapers and radio to MTV and computer networks - and political events and institutions. Against a historical backdrop of political, ...
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Overview

Remote and Controlled examines the issue of widespread cynicism in an era of abundant information, asking whether it is possible to consume a steady diet of mainstream media and still understand and respect the political process. Starting with central examples of television's political coverage and the media's focus on the president, the author explores a variety of media - from newspapers and radio to MTV and computer networks - and political events and institutions. Against a historical backdrop of political, technological, and institutional change, the text raises critical questions for a society plugged into Rush, Oprah, and USA Today: How do the media both magnify and undermine the president? Can televised town meetings replace the real thing? How do politicians seek to control the flow of information, and what do the media do about it? Does the information explosion provide greater diversity or simply greater convenience? In the process, the author sheds light on the ultimate dilemma of whether or not an informed public will participate in a system in which campaigns are portrayed as if they were war, policymaking is depicted as if it were a campaign, and none of the participants - reporters included - appear particularly noble or worthy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813325934
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Dilemmas in American Politics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew R. Kerbel has been writing about the news media ever since he stopped writing for the news media. A one-time radio and television newswriter and employee of Public Broadcasting, he is author of three books on television and politics, and is professor of political science at Villanova University. He lives in Wayne, PA with his wife Adrienne and his daughter Gabrielle.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Under the President's Clothes 1
2 Two Hundred Years of Politics and Reporting 25
3 A War of Words: Coverage of Politics and the Politics of Coverage 59
4 Presidential Governance and Other Fantasies 95
5 What About Us? 127
Discussion Questions 145
Glossary 149
Notes 153
References 157
About the Book and Author 163
Index 165
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