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Constructing the Political Spectacle
Thanks to the ready availability of political news today, informed citizens can protect and promote their own interests and the public interest more effectively. Or can they? Murray Edelman argues against this conventional interpretation of politics, one that takes for granted that we live in a world of facts and that people react rationally to the facts they know. In doin ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published March 15th 1988 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published March 1st 1988)
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I read this in grad school and just re-read it along with my own grad students for our seminar in political communication. Edelman talks about the social construction of leaders, problems, and enemies in making the political spectacle. It's a good theoretical framework for analyzing political rhetoric.