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The Resource Dirty politics : deception, distraction, and democracy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Dirty politics : deception, distraction, and democracy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Label
Dirty politics : deception, distraction, and democracy
Title
Dirty politics
Title remainder
deception, distraction, and democracy
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Americans in recent years have become thoroughly disenchanted with our political campaigns, especially with campaign advertising and speeches. Each year, as November approaches, we are bombarded with visceral appeals that bypass substance, that drape candidates in the American flag but tell us nothing about what they'll do if elected, that flood us with images of PT-109 or Willie Horton, while significant issues - such as Kennedy's Addison's Disease or the looming S & L catastrophe - are left unexamined. And the press - the supposed safeguard of democracy - focuses on campaign strategy over campaign substance, leaving us to decide where the truth lies. In Dirty Politics, campaign analyst Kathleen Hall Jamieson provides an eye-opening look at political ads and speeches, showing us how to read, listen to, and watch political campaigns. Jamieson provides a sophisticated (and often humorous) analysis of advertising techniques, describing how television ads use soft focus, slow motion, lyrical or patriotic music (Reagan used "I'm Proud to be an American") to place a candidate in a positive light, or quick cuts, black and white, videotape, and ominous music (for instance, the theme from Jaws) to portray the opposition. She shows how ads sometimes mimic news spots to add authenticity (Edwin Edwards, in his race against David Duke, actually used former NBC correspondent Peter Hackis, who would begin an ad saying "This is Peter Hackis in Baton Rouge"). And Jamieson points out that consultants create inflammatory ads hoping that the major networks will pick them up and run them as news, giving the ad millions of dollars of free air time. The most striking example would be the Willie Horton ad, which the press aired repeatedly (as an example of negative advertising) long after the ad had ceased running. (In fact, it never ran on the major networks as an ad, only as news.). From a colorful, compact history of negative campaigning from Eisenhower to the present, to an in-depth commentary on the Willie Horton ads, to an up-to-the-minute analysis of the Duke-Edwards campaign in Louisiana, Dirty Politics is both a fascinating look at underhanded campaigning as well as a compelling argument for fair, accurate, and substantive campaigns. It is a book that all voters should read before they vote again
Cataloging source
DLC
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Jamieson, Kathleen Hall
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Advertising, Political
  • Advertising, Political
  • Communication in politics
  • Communication in politics
  • Criticism, Personal
Label
Dirty politics : deception, distraction, and democracy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- I: Attack campaigning. The role of drama and data in political decisions -- Tactics of attack -- Patriotism and prejudice : visceral responses and stereotypes that foil argument -- Countering attacks : pitting the propositional against the primal -- II: Ads and the news. Power of ads to shape news -- Adbites, ad stories, and newsads -- III: News coverage of the campaign. The news media as sounding board -- Solutions or strategy? -- IV: Accountability, engagement, and democracy. Argument, engagement, and accountability in political discourse -- The good, the bad, and the ugly : 1960-1988 and beyond -- Appendix I -- Appendix II
Control code
25507926
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 335 pages
Isbn
9780195078541
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92009386
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1460648
Label
Dirty politics : deception, distraction, and democracy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- I: Attack campaigning. The role of drama and data in political decisions -- Tactics of attack -- Patriotism and prejudice : visceral responses and stereotypes that foil argument -- Countering attacks : pitting the propositional against the primal -- II: Ads and the news. Power of ads to shape news -- Adbites, ad stories, and newsads -- III: News coverage of the campaign. The news media as sounding board -- Solutions or strategy? -- IV: Accountability, engagement, and democracy. Argument, engagement, and accountability in political discourse -- The good, the bad, and the ugly : 1960-1988 and beyond -- Appendix I -- Appendix II
Control code
25507926
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 335 pages
Isbn
9780195078541
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92009386
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1460648

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