Baker & Taylor Argues that television has changed the American political landscape more than people think, explaining that the medium has dumbed down debate, removed complexity from political discourse, and benefitted conservatism.
Since the 1960s, American political life has undergone some major transformations: conservative politicians and values have proliferated, and television has become the main forum for public discourse. In The Sound Bite Society, Jeffrey Scheuer shows how these changes are directly connected and explains that the key to understanding these forces lies in the nature of television and its relationship to ideology. Scheuer asserts that television is an inherently simplistic medium favoring sentimental and one-dimensional communication: visceral sound bites and photo ops. But a vibrant democracy is possible only if conflicting, complex ideas are exchanged. The Sound Bite Society asks if television has served democracy; Scheuer answers with a definitive No. Challenging Americans to resuscitate complexity as part of our public life, this book is crucial to anyone interested in understanding and changing our political landscape.
Book News Social critic Scheuer argues that the superficial nature of television has greatly benefitted political conservatism, stifled healthy debate, and hurt democracy in the US. Complexity, he says, is the core of liberalism and the left, while the simplicity television thrives on is the nuclear idea of conservatism. He has not indexed his work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Baker & Taylor Arguing that television has changed the American political landscape even more than we think, the author explains how the medium has dumbed down political debate and removed the complexity from our public discourse.