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Thinking Critically About Media and Politics:

ISBN-10: 1612052746
ISBN-13: 9781612052748
Edition: 2013
Authors: Donald Lazere
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Description: This book highlights opposing viewpoints between conservative and liberal polemicists about today's most controversial issues in current media and politics. It draws on the study of semantics, emphasizing the role of verbal slanting and emotional  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Paradigm Pub
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

This book highlights opposing viewpoints between conservative and liberal polemicists about today's most controversial issues in current media and politics. It draws on the study of semantics, emphasizing the role of verbal slanting and emotional appeal through connotative language. Semantic misunderstandings constantly result from varying subjective viewpoints and connotative spins on the very words liberal and conservative and on related words like democracy, capitalism, and socialism. Lazere provides a basic guide to the complexities of these terms and critiques their ambiguous use in partisan politics and media. He also identifies the political positions of a spectrum of American media and individual journalists or commentators from far left to far right to point students toward sources representing opposed viewpoints for comparative analysis. The book also confronts the hard truth that real-life arguments are frequently tainted by deliberate deception. Features: A textbook for self-defense against manipulation by politicians, the media, and assorted propagandists, Interdisciplinary application of principles of critical thinking and argumentative rhetoric that can be incorporated in a diversity of college courses, Guides for student analysis of opposing viewpoints and lines of argument between conservative and liberal polemicists about specific current controversies, like the wealth gap, Surveys of sources of bias in media and politics, including lobbies, public relations agencies, think tanks, and advocacy advertising. Book jacket.

Introduction: An Appeal to Students
Thinking Critically about Political Rhetoric
Thinking Critically about Mass Media
Special Interests and Propaganda
Advertising and Hype
Analyzing Economic Arguments and Statistical Trickery
Appendix: Glossary of Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies Directory of Political Media*
Bibliography
Index

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