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Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Civic Culture
Contrary to arguments that television is detrimental to democracy, Entertaining Politics explores the role of new political television in shaping a changing civic culture. Jeffrey Jones shows how viewers understand and make use of the increasingly blurred lines between 'serious' and 'entertainment' programming and argues that alarmist critics who predict the end of ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published October 30th 2004 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published October 1st 2004)
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Well-researched look at the idea that politics as entertainment presented through television can contribute as much to civic culture as other forms of information gathering, as well as the idea that strictly pundit-based political offerings can actually act as a deterrent to civic engagement and political talk due to their intrinsic elite status and reliance on strict forms of discourse. As this author has it, informal political talk spurs engagement as a citizen, and such informal political ...more