Us against Them: The Political Culture of Talk Radio

Us against Them: The Political Culture of Talk Radio

by Randall W. Bobbitt
     
 

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Why do people choose to listen to political talk instead of music on the radio? Do they listen to get objective information on both sides of political issues in order to help them make their own voting decisions, or do they seek out the hosts and content that simply validate their own beliefs? In Us against Them: The Political Culture of Talk Radio, Randy

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Why do people choose to listen to political talk instead of music on the radio? Do they listen to get objective information on both sides of political issues in order to help them make their own voting decisions, or do they seek out the hosts and content that simply validate their own beliefs? In Us against Them: The Political Culture of Talk Radio, Randy Bobbitt addresses these and other crucial questions as he closely examines the phenomenon of talk radio and the role that it plays in the American political process and popular culture. After considering the history of talk radio, as well as where the industry stands today in terms of audience demographics and advertiser support, Babbitt takes a theoretical look at how talk radio may or may not have impacted political issues and campaigns from the 1950s through the 2006 midterm election, as well as the real impact of talk radio on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the end, Bobbitt raises questions about the future of political talk radio in light of the newest threat to the First Amendment: the possible return of the Fairness Doctrine, a twentieth-century law that once required broadcasters to provide politically balanced programming. Lucid and thought provoking, Us against Them provides important insights into the world of talk radio.

Editorial Reviews

Lloyd Rohler
If you are interested in talk radio, this is the book to buy. It covers the personalities, the issues, the political impact, and the audience in a well researched, easy to read manner.
CHOICE
Bobbitt (Univ. of West Florida) treats an important phenomenon that has received little objective examination....The book's main strength is the breadth...of its treatment. Bobbitt includes chapter-length treatments of talk radio audiences, sponsors, commentators (Right and Left), women, local talk radio programming, 'shock' hosts, and the role of talk radio in the 2008 presidential election....Recommended.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
Us Against Them: The Political Culture of Talk Radio by Randy Bobbit examines the phenomenon of talk radio and the role that it plays in the American political process as well as popular culture. Among the central questions addressed is why people listen to political talk instead of music….After relating the history of talk radio as well as where the format stands today in terms of audience demographics and advertiser support, Bobbit examines how talk radio may have impacted political campaigns from the 1950s through 2006 midterm election.
Choice
Bobbitt (Univ. of West Florida) treats an important phenomenon that has received little objective examination....The book's main strength is the breadth...of its treatment. Bobbitt includes chapter-length treatments of talk radio audiences, sponsors, commentators (Right and Left), women, local talk radio programming, 'shock' hosts, and the role of talk radio in the 2008 presidential election....Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739126400
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/25/2010
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Lloyd Rohler
If you are interested in talk radio, this is the book to buy. It covers the personalities, the issues, the political impact, and the audience in a well researched, easy to read manner.

Meet the Author

Randy Bobbitt is assistant professor in the department of communication arts at the University of West Florida and author of Lottery Wars: Case Studies in Bible Belt Politics, 1986-2005.

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