Soundbite Culture: The Death of Discourse in a Wired World

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Drawing on the insights of a distinguished group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines, Soundbite Culture combines theory with case analysis to describe and account for the environment within which discourse has declined, and what has replaced it and why. The authors explore the implications of their premise by investigating various media, their methods, and their social, cultural and political implications. Topics include targeted direct mail campaigns, polling, infomercials, Internet identities, radio talk shows, and film depictions.

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Arguing that social discourse has been subsumed by ritualistic and stylistic performances which overwhelm reasoned thought and reflection, the editors have gathered 12 contributions from various disciplines which combine theory and case analysis to explore the decline of discourse. Ranging from a discussion of the rock group GWAR to a look at the politics of talk radio, the essays are organized into sections covering the broad themes of the affect of market economics on political discourse, resistant and populist communication such as inner-city graffiti, the role of academics, and popular media and the shaping of public behavior. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761908715
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/18/1998
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - David Slayden and Rita Kirk Willock
Giant Sucking Sounds - Rita Kirk Whillock
Politics as Illusion
Call and Response - David Theo Goldberg
Sports, Talk Radio and the Death of Democracy
Democratic Delusions - Dale Herbeck
The Town Meeting in an Electronic Age
Reading the Writing on the Wall - Les Back, Michael Keith and John Solomos
Grafitti in the Racialized City
The Art of Subversive Image Making - Carol Becker
Resisting Whiteness - Peter L Mc Laren
Revolutionary Multiculturalism as Counterhegemonic Praxis
The Death of Discourse in Our Own (Chat)Room - Peter M Kellet and H L Goodall Jr
"Sextext ", Skillful Discussion and Virtual Communities
Performing Cultural Studies as a Pedagogical Practice - Henry N Giroux
Rethinking Harmful Words - Charles N Davis
The Demise of the Critical Education Model and Discourse in the Schoolhouse
Negotiable Realities - David Everett Whillock
Chaotic Attractors of Our Understanding
Worlds at GWAR - Glenn C Geiser-Getz
Celebrations of Juvenile Resistance in Post-Punk Pop
Vicarious Realities - David Slayden
Internet Discourses and Narratives of the Future

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