Sound-Bite Saboteurs: Public Discourse, Education, and the State of Democratic Deliberation

Sound-Bite Saboteurs: Public Discourse, Education, and the State of Democratic Deliberation

ISBN-10:
1438430418
ISBN-13:
9781438430416
Pub. Date:
04/08/2010
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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Overview

Sound-Bite Saboteurs: Public Discourse, Education, and the State of Democratic Deliberation

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438430416
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 04/08/2010
Pages: 275
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julie Drew is Associate Professor of English at the University of Akron. She is the coauthor (with William Lyons) of Punishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education and the coeditor (with Gary A. Olson) of Landmark Essays on Advanced Composition.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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

Appendix
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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