Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right

Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right

Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right

Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right

Synopsis

The airwaves in America are being used by armed militias, conspiracy theorists, survivalists, the religious right, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other radical groups to reach millions with their messages of hate and fear. Waves of Rancor examines the origin, nature, and impact of right-wing electronic media, including radio, television, cable, the internet, and even music CDs.

Excerpt

The M.E. Sharpe book series Media, Communication, and Culture in America is designed to explore the massive transformations that have occurred as a consequence of the changes in communication technology and the enlarged role that communication has played in American life. the emphasis is on communication, but the series attempts to examine the interstices of media and culture and to explain the broader patterns of communication in everyday life.

The diversity of topics that fall within the domain of communication continues to grow. the topics frequently are interdisciplinary. the issues focus upon a world now being reconfigured by the revolution in communication and where the speed and variety of communication transactions promise to open up a "new frontier" in American life. These changes allow us not only to imagine a future that is shaped by communication; we also are able to reexamine the past and reassess the distinctive role that communication has played in our cultural heritage. the objective of the series is to convey communication's diversity, to analyze its past, and to forecast its unfolding revolution.

The first book in the series is Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right byRobert L. Hilliard andMichael C. Keith. One of the more durable aspects of American democracy is that individuals and groups who feel disenfranchised have been able to join together to articulate their discontent. Sometimes these social movements have become a religious crusade; sometimes they have developed a psychological stance that borders on what historian Richard Hofstadter has called "the paranoid style of American politics." Typically, the groups identify villains and scapegoats, level attacks against unscrupulous and scheming leaders, and bolster their own patriotism by depicting a vision of a glorious millennial era attached to some bygone period in American history. What is distinctive about these groups in the 1990s is their use of modern media-- radio, television, cable, and the Internet--to convey their message.

Hilliard and Keith have written a significant book. They have unearthed sources and documentary evidence that had been unknown. This is a study . . .

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