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Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television's the West Wing

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Before the unprecedented televised presidential debates of 1960, mostAmericans were able to relate to their leaders in little more than anhistorical context. In the era of televised elections, however, the mediahave allowed Americans to witness the paternal, moral and intellectualqualities of their president up close. Television has been so critical tothis process of polit ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by McFarland & Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tiffany
Dec 16, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was ok
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You could play a drinking game with this book: take a drink every time you read the word "affect" or "affective." I promise you'll get blitzed long before the end of a chapter; before the end of *one page*, in some cases.

Other than a tool for getting wasted, it's a decent book, but not groundbreaking. Crawley spends part of the time discussing (not much original analysis, just discussion of others' analyses) how presidents and politics are depicted on non-fiction TV as well as fiction TV and mo
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Stephanie
I think this was basically a thesis that got turned into a book. I really liked the chapter/essay 'Communicating the Presidency on Screen' which talked about the President (real and fictional) (and Presidential candidates) and how that portrayal on-screen affected success or failure.
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Jul 21, 2009 Scott rated it liked it
Essentially Crawley's grad thesis expanded into a book, but I love this show something powerful and have seen the episodes so many times that I'm ready to get meta on it.
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