The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction
A compelling indictment of the Bush Administration's cynical, anti-democratic manipulation of the media
In this devastating analysis of American politics today, a former Democratic campaign advisor pulls back the curtain on the pervasive political manipulation of the media-and reveals just how fragile our democracy is. From political ads and talk shows to mainstream media reporting, Glenn Smith shows how American political discourse is now dominated by carefully scripted images and rhetoric-most of which benefit the Republicans and their corporate allies. The result is public apathy toward politics-and a real threat to American freedom.
To reclaim our nation, Smith argues, we must revitalize politics at the grassroots level-and liberals must realize that religion and spirituality are not antithetical to a progressive agenda. For anyone troubled by manipulative political advertising, self-aggrandizing celebrity pundits, and the undiminished role of money in politics, this necessary book lays out the full scope of the problem-and points the way toward solutions.
Glenn Smith (Austin, TX), a former journalist and political consultant, managed MoveOn.org's Defending Democracy Campaign. He is currently managing DriveDemocracy.org, a spin-off of MoveOn, and a consultant to the Rockridge Institute, a progressive think tank.
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The politics of deceit: saving freedom and democracy from extinctionUser Review - Book Verdict
Smartly written and provocative, Smith's book draws on colorful and historical anecdotes to depict a degraded state of democracy in the U.S., at one point comparing, in detail, the country's de facto mechanisms of ideological control to those of Cold War-era communist regimes. A long chapter on"some of the deficiencies of the news media" touches on familiar gripes about the banalization and commercialization of news, but includes a useful history of how corporate consolidation happened. A related discussion on the psychology of politics and imagery ("I see someone shake Bugs Bunny's hand; I shake Bugs' hand. Bush rattles a sabre; I draw my sword") draws out real consequences from virtual presidential appearances, whether ad- or soundbite-based. In terms of assessing what the electoral consequences have been, Smith, director of DriveDemocracy.org, essentially accuses Bush of being a consummate politician (relying on political advertising, manipulative slogans, flashy and often substance-light appearances), but it's clear that he believes Bush is more an expression of the current system than its creator. Smith recommends increasing public involvement in the political process by using the Internet to encourage grassroots participation and to decrease reliance on large financial contributions. Those propositions are familiar, as is much of the analysis, but Smith's clarity and ingenuity set his book apart.
Review: The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from ExtinctionUser Review - Goodreads
Citizenship in an age of omnipresent media is the concentration of this book. A measure of humor goes into discussions of television political ads and the sway they hold over us, the politics of media conglomerates, and why people don't relate to each other in politically significant ways anymore.
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