Sound-Bite Saboteurs: Public Discourse, Education, and the State of Democratic Deliberation available in Hardcover
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- State University of New York Press
Argues that the reliance on sound bites in recent political discourse is harmful to the democratic process.
Sound-Bite Saboteurs examines the emergence of a multifaceted, multimedia culture that encourages the use of sound bites to silence one’s opponents at the expense of democratic deliberation and debate. No simple partisan phenomenon or mere attempt to “spin” a particular issue, sound-bite sabotage is, the authors argue, a sophisticated and media-savvy effort by public and private elites to destroy the grounds of public discourse, higher education, and democratic argument. By displacing democratic debate with political spectacle, sound-bite saboteurs attempt to keep citizens more entertained but less informed, more cynical but less engaged, more adept as consumers but less adept as agents. In a broad-based and integrated analysis of this phenomenon, the authors argue that sound-bite sabotage can and must be resisted both within the classroom and beyond.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Table of Contents
1. Sound-Bite Sabotage: Illustrative Stories and Techniques
2. Roots of Sound-Bite Sabotage: Private-Sector Leadership
3. Conflicts as Opportunities: Public-Sector Leadership
4. Saboteurs, Sound Bites, and Simulacra: Democratic Agency and Academic Discourse in a Digital Age
5. The Possibilities of Engaged Cynicism: Ideals, Practice, and Citizenship in a Democracy
6. Public Discourse and Democratic Deliberation