It's Show Time!: Media, Politics, and Popular Culture

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David Andrew Schultz
P. Lang, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 277 pages
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New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, XIV, Politics, Media, and Popular Culture. Vol. 2. General Editor: David A. Schultz. It's Show Time! Media, Politics, and Popular Culture is an exciting collection of original essays introducing undergraduate students and interested readers to the important role that the media and popular culture have in shaping their lives and views on politics. Written by both political scientists and journalists, this book looks at the diverse ways television, movies, the internet, and even soap operas mold public opinion and define how we view political reality. However, as these essays will reveal, this socialization is not all benign. Instead, this book reveals a corporate media increasingly trapped by the demands to inform, entertain, and make a profit - often at times distorting reality by transforming criminals into heroes, assassination theories into fact, and participatory government into a spectator sport. Overall, It's Show Time! explores the limits and possibilities of the media and emerging information technologies as they shape political perceptions and politics into the twenty-first century.

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Contents

The Cultural Contradictions of the American
13
The Protest Paradigm and News Coverage
29
Mirror Mirror? The Politics of Television
73
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The Editor: David A. Schultz is Professor of Public Administration and Management at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on American politics and law. His most recent works include: Leveraging the Law: Using the Courts to Achieve Social Change (Peter Lang, 1998); Inventors of Ideas: An Introduction to Western Political Philosophy (with Donald Tannenbaum, 1997); and The Politics of Civil Service Reform (with Robert Maranto, Peter Lang, 1998).

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