Seducing America: How Television Charms the Modern Voter

Seducing America: How Television Charms the Modern Voter

by Roderick P. Hart


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Roderick P Hart's Revised Edition of Seducing America is a revealing examination of how television's format of presenting politics has changed the way viewers act, vote and feel about politics in the United States. With a rigorous blend of rhetorical and statistical research, Hart asserts that while television makes viewers feel knowledgeable, important, informed and close to the political representatives, it disguises increasing apathy and inaction as voter turnouts decrease and a general dissatisfaction with the political system is expressed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761916239
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/27/1998
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roderick P. Hart is the Liddell Professor of Communication and Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of several books and has contributed dozens of articles to other books and academic journals. He is a Research Fellow of the International Communication Association and received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association in 1993. He has recently released a new book entitled, Campaign Talk: Why Elections Are Good for Us.

Table of Contents

Political Feelings
Feeling Intimate
The Rise of Personality Politics
Feeling Informed
The Effects of Personality Politics
Feeling Clever
The Cold Comforts of Postmodernism
Feeling Busy
The Frenzy of Establishment Politics
Feeling Important
The Temptations of Alternative Politics
Residual Feelings

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