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Political Pundits

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ISBN-10: 0275935450

ISBN-13: 9780275935450

Edition: 1992

Authors: Dan Nimmo, James E. Combs

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The Political Pundits surveys in detail the small, elite group of persons who comment on and analyze politics in newspapers and newsmagazines, on radio and television, through lectures, books, and all other forms of political media. Dan Nimmo and James E. Combs discuss the key political role pundits play, their methods and strategies, and the potential danger they present to American political life. Our democracy is being transformed into a "punditocracy," which replaces serious citizen debate with discussion guided by show business values. Punditry, Nimmo and Combs argue, produces symbolic rather than effective healing of political ills, political paternalism rather than political reflection, and, in the end, public disenchantment with politics. The authors conclude that pundits should not be taken too seriously, and approach their outpourings using a comic, or bardic, framework. In Part One, the discussion focuses on four generic types of pundits: Priests, Bards, Sages, and Oracles. Part Two identifies three pundit roles: as technicians, as members of the "Chattering Class," and as media critics. Each chapter provides examples, cases, and profiles to demonstrate the dominance of punditry. The Political Pundits challenges the generally accepted view that "learned" and "informed" public discussion in politics provides an adequate forum for informing and involving citizens. Scholars and students of political science and communications will find the role of the pundits demystified--the curtain pulled back to reveal the wizards.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/21/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: From Delphi to Democracy
The Sources of Punditry Traditions of Political Punditry
The Priestly Caste: Speaking of, with, and for Political Elites
The Bardic Tradition in Political Punditry: Speaking of, to, and for the Populace Sages and Oracles
The Pundits of the Larger View Current
Trends in Political Punditry
The Technician as Pundit: Campaign and Policy Experts
The Chattering Pundits: Talk TV and Radio
The Critical Eye: Mediating the Realities of Mediated Politics
Conclusion: Democracy or Punditocracy?