Monday, August 23, 2004

Pop culture and American journalism

Jon Margolis, former political reporter for the Chicago Tribune on the effect of pop culture in elections (little effect).
Campaigns are won or lost depending on what is happening in the world and how effectively the candidates campaign. Popular culture is just a postmodern term for entertainment, which is a lot more fun than politics, but totally different.

With talk radio, 24-hour cable news networks, the Internet and blogging, technology and popular culture have all been offered up as vehicles for revolutionizing politics. This election cycle, the Internet was a useful fund-raising and organizing tool for Howard Dean. But even a good tool cannot rescue a poor candidate. Talk radio and cable news are not inconsequential; if nothing else, they help explain the decline in the quality of American journalism. But they have not elected anyone.

Interesting admission.

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