Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior / Edition 1

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Overview

Convenient, entertaining, and provocative, talk radio today is unapologetically ideological. Focusing on Rush Limbaugh -- the medium's most influential talk show -- Rushed to Judgment systematically examines the politics of persuasion at play on our nation's radio airwaves and asks a series of important questions. Does listening to talk radio change the way people think about politics, or are listeners' attitudes a function of the self-selecting nature of the audience? Does talk radio enhance understanding of public issues or serve as a breeding ground for misunderstanding? Can talk radio serve as an agent of deliberative democracy, spurring Americans to open, public debate? Or will talk radio only aggravate the divisive partisanship many Americans decry in poll after poll? The time is ripe to evaluate the effects of a medium whose influence has yet to be fully reckoned with.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Political Communication - C. Richard Hofstetter

The volume exemplifies both rigorous and creative sciences. It is appropriate for many political communication and behavior university classes.

Political Communication
The volume exemplifies both rigorous and creative sciences. It is appropriate for many political communication and behavior university classes.

— C. Richard Hofstetter

Journalism and Mass Communication Educator - Christopher H. Sterling

[A] welcome addition to the growing shelf of scholarly works on radio broadcasting... well documented... offers useful research paths for others to follow.

Australasian Journal of American Studies - Bridget Griffin-Foley

[An] important and quite ground-breaking study of American conservative call-in talk radio.

Public Opinion Quarterly - David C. Barker

the volume is useful not only for those who study media effects, but also for those who work in the area of political persuasion.

Journalism and Mass Communication Educator
[A] welcome addition to the growing shelf of scholarly works on radio broadcasting... well documented... offers useful research paths for others to follow.

— Christopher H. Sterling

Australasian Journal of American Studies
[An] important and quite ground-breaking study of American conservative call-in talk radio.

— Bridget Griffin-Foley

Public Opinion Quarterly
the volume is useful not only for those who study media effects, but also for those who work in the area of political persuasion.

— David C. Barker

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Meet the Author

David Barker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Prof. Barker has published several articles on talk radio in the Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, and Political Communication.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction : Political Persuasion, Propaganda, and Media Effects2. Political Talk Radio and Its Most Prominent Practitioner3. Toward a Value Heresthetic Model of Political Persuasion4. Talk Radio, Public Opinion, and Vote Choice: The "Limbaugh Effect," 1994-965. Talk Radio, Opinion Leadership, and Presidential Nominations: Evidence from the 2 Republican Primary Battles6. The Talk Radio Community: Nontraditional Social Networks and Political Participation7. Information, Misinformation, and Political Talk Radio8. ConclusionAppendix A. The Limbaugh MessageAppendix B. Excerpts from the Rhetoric StimulusAppendix C. Excerpts from the Value Heresthetic Stimulus

Columbia University Press

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