Creatures of Politics Creatures of Politics

Creatures of Politics Creatures of Politics : Media, Message, and the American Presidency Media, Message, and the American Presidency

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It's a common complaint that a presidential candidate's style matters more than substance and that the issues have been eclipsed by mass-media-fueled obsession with a candidate's every slip, gaffe, and peccadillo. This book explores political communication in American presidential politics, focusing on what political insiders call "message." Message, Michael Lempert and Michael Silverstein argue, is not simply an individual's positions on the issues but the craft used to fashion the creature the public sees as the candidate. Lempert and Silverstein examine some of the revelatory moments in debates, political ads, interviews, speeches, and talk shows to explain how these political creations come to have a life of their own. From the pandering "Flip-Flopper" to the self-reliant "Maverick," the authors demonstrate how these figures are fashioned out of the verbal, gestural, sartorial, behavioral-as well as linguistic-matter that comprises political communication.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 284 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253007569
  • 9780253007568

About Michael Lempert

Michael Silverstein is Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Psychology and in the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. His published works include Talking Politics: The substance of style from Abe to "W."show more

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"Speaks directly to interests and concerns of linguistic anthropologists, sociolinguists, and discourse analysts, [and] the insights into American political discourse that the book provides will be of interest to a broader audience.... Accessible enough that it should appeal to popular audiences interested in language and politics." --Adam Hodges, author of The "War on Terror" Narrative: Discourse and Intertexuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality--Adam Hodges, author of The "War on Terror" Narrative: Discourse and Intertexuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Realityshow more

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