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: 9780761908722
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Smoke and Mirrors: Markets, Publics, and Citizen-Consumers 1
1 Giant Sucking Sounds: Politics as Illusion 5
2 Call and Response: Sports, Talk Radio, and the Death of Democracy 29
3 Democratic Delusions: The Town Meeting in an Electronic Age 43
Pt. II Censored and Silenced: Acts of Resistance and Populism 65
4 Reading the Writing on the Wall: Graffiti in the Racialized City 69
5 The Art of Subversive Image Making 103
6 Resisting Whiteness: Revolutionary Multiculturalism as Counterhegemonic Praxis 113
Pt. III Borders and Boundaries: The Academy at the Edge of Discourse 151
7 The Death of Discourse in Our Own (Chat) Room: "Sextext," Skillful Discussion, and Virtual Communities 155
8 Performing Cultural Studies as a Pedagogical Practice 191
9 Rethinking Harmful Words: The Demise of the Critical Education Model and Discourse in the Schoolhouse 203
Pt. IV Master and Slave: Popular Media and the Shaping of Behavior 225
10 Negotiable Realities: Chaotic Attractors of Our Understanding 229
11 Worlds at GWAR: Celebrations of Juvenile Resistance in Post-Punk Pop 247
12 Vicarious Realities: Internet Discourses and Narratives of the Future 267
Index 289
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