Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture

Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture

Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture

Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture

Synopsis

Whether it's television, radio, concerts, live appearances by comedians, Internet websites, or even the political party conventions themselves, the mixing of politics and popular culture is frequently on display. The "Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture" examines the people, major events, media, and controversies in eight thematic chapters and over 150 entries to provide an invaluable resource for any student, scholar, or everyday political junkie needing a comprehensive introduction to the subject.

On a typical weeknight in the United States, millions shun the traditional evening network news broadcasts and, instead, later grab their remotes to turn to Comedy Central to catch up on the political happenings of the day, delivered by the comedian Jon Stewart on the faux news program, "The Daily Show." Immediately afterwards, they might stay tuned to "The Colbert Report" for another dosage of hilarious, fake news that, to them, comes across more honestly than the serious version they could watch on CNN. Whether it's television, radio, concerts, live appearances by comedians, Internet websites, or even the political party conventions themselves, the mixing of politics and popular culture is frequently on display. The "Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture" provides in-depth coverage of these fascinating, and often surprising intersections in both historical and contemporary culture.

This highly readable and entertaining encyclopedia provides a sweeping survey of the historic and ongoing interplay between politics, the media, and popular culture in eight thought-provoking chapters. The volume is enhanced with the inclusion of over 150 entries to help students and researchers easily locate more in-depth information on topics ranging from political scandals to YouTube.

Excerpt

This work systematically describes and analyzes the intersection between popular culture, politics, and media in the United States. Accordingly, it seeks to examine the most important interactions between these three areas over the past 200 years. Because we wish the book to have a greater air of recency than many other works that have examined American political history, however, the encyclopedia concentrates more on developments since the dawn of the twentieth century, when movies were already in circulation and what would become the first broadcast medium, namely radio, was coming into being.

ARRANGEMENT

The encyclopedia is divided into two parts. The first section contains longer chapters, each of which explores connections between popular culture and politics in relationship to a particular medium or major format, including movies, documentaries, radio, television, news, music, advertising, and online and other “new” media.

The second part of the book is devoted to an extensive series of A–Z entries. These shorter accounts cover everything from political cartoons and media representations of presidents to political scandals and campaign rituals such as kissing babies. To facilitate navigation between the two parts, A–Z topics that are mentioned in the longer chapters are set in bold to alert the reader that additional discussion of these issues can be found in the corresponding entries in Part II. With the Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture, we have endeavored to (1) highlight the connections between politics, media, and popular culture that have not received sufficient treatment and (2) reexamine previously researched topics through the lens of popular culture and media to reveal fresh meanings and interpretations of political events. We realize that despite its considerable length, the book is still incomplete—unfortunately, no work can exhaustively capture the fascinating ways in which Americans have used media and popular culture to generate meaning and engage in politics and, conversely, fully spell out the array of tactics that . . .

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