Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior

Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior

by David Barker

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Overview

Convenient, entertaining, and provocative, talk radio today is unapologetically ideological. Focusing on Rush Limbaugh—the medium's most influential talk show—Rushed to Judgment systematically examines the politics of persuasion at play on our nation's radio airwaves and asks a series of important questions. Does listening to talk radio change the way people think about politics, or are listeners' attitudes a function of the self-selecting nature of the audience? Does talk radio enhance understanding of public issues or serve as a breeding ground for misunderstanding? Can talk radio serve as an agent of deliberative democracy, spurring Americans to open, public debate? Or will talk radio only aggravate the divisive partisanship many Americans decry in poll after poll? The time is ripe to evaluate the effects of a medium whose influence has yet to be fully reckoned with.

Editorial Reviews

Public Opinion Quarterly - David C. Barker

the volume is useful not only for those who study media effects, but also for those who work in the area of political persuasion.

Australasian Journal of American Studies - Bridget Griffin-Foley

[An] important and quite ground-breaking study of American conservative call-in talk radio.

Political Communication - C. Richard Hofstetter

The volume exemplifies both rigorous and creative sciences. It is appropriate for many political communication and behavior university classes.

Journalism and Mass Communication Educator - Christopher H. Sterling

[A] welcome addition to the growing shelf of scholarly works on radio broadcasting... well documented... offers useful research paths for others to follow.

Political Communication

The volume exemplifies both rigorous and creative sciences. It is appropriate for many political communication and behavior university classes.

— C. Richard Hofstetter

Public Opinion Quarterly

the volume is useful not only for those who study media effects, but also for those who work in the area of political persuasion.

— David C. Barker

Australasian Journal of American Studies

[An] important and quite ground-breaking study of American conservative call-in talk radio.

— Bridget Griffin-Foley

Journalism and Mass Communication Educator

[A] welcome addition to the growing shelf of scholarly works on radio broadcasting... well documented... offers useful research paths for others to follow.

— Christopher H. Sterling

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231118064
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/27/2002
Series: Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century
Pages: 141
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

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