The Political Pundits
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 195 pages
The Political Pundits surveys in detail the small, elite group of persons who comment on and analyze politics in newspapers and newsmagazines, on radio and television, through lectures, books, and all other forms of political media. Dan Nimmo and James E. Combs discuss the key political role pundits play, their methods and strategies, and the potential danger they present to American political life. Our democracy is being transformed into a punditocracy, which replaces serious citizen debate with discussion guided by show business values. Punditry, Nimmo and Combs argue, produces symbolic rather than effective healing of political ills, political paternalism rather than political reflection, and, in the end, public disenchantment with politics.
The authors conclude that pundits should not be taken too seriously, and approach their outpourings using a comic, or bardic, framework. In Part One, the discussion focuses on four generic types of pundits: Priests, Bards, Sages, and Oracles. Part Two identifies three pundit roles: as technicians, as members of the Chattering Class, and as media critics. Each chapter provides examples, cases, and profiles to demonstrate the dominance of punditry. The Political Pundits challenges the generally accepted view that learned and informed public discussion in politics provides an adequate forum for informing and involving citizens. Scholars and students of political science and communications will find the role of the pundits demystified--the curtain pulled back to reveal the wizards.
What people are saying - Write a review
From Delphi to Democracy the Sources of Punditry
Towers of Babel
From Babel to Punditry
The Heritage of Pundits Authority
From Itinerant Instructor to Media Pundit
Punditry on Punditry?
TRADITIONS OF POLITICAL PUNDITRY
The Priestly Caste Speaking of with and for Political Elites
The Punditry of Technique
The Centrist Dragon of La Technique of Punditry
The Chattering Pundits Talk TV and Radio
Talk Shows on TV
Then You Shouldnt Talk?
The Priestly Muse
From Priestly Sound Ideas to Priestly Sound Bites
Prophets with and without Honor
The Bardic Tradition in Political Punditry Speaking of to and for the Populace
The Humorous and Comic Muse in Bardic Punditry
Bardic Gossip and Politics in Print and on Radio
Bardic Punditry in Contemporary Politics
The Magic of the Bardic Song
Sages and Oracles The Pundits of the Larger View
A Pundit for all Seasons
Back to the Future Via a Return to Delphi
CURRENT TRENDS IN POLITICAL PUNDITRY
The Technician as Pundit Campaign and Policy Experts
The Critical Eye Mediating the Realities of Mediated Politics
Roles and Types of Media Critics
Is the Political Picture Moral? The Critic as Constable
Is the Political Picture Art? The Critic as Artist
Is the Political Picture Fulfilling? The Critic as Cultural Psychologist
Is the Political Picture Representative? The Critic as Social Scientist
Orders of Mediated Politics
Conclusion Democracy or Punditocracy?
The Death or Triumph of Punditry?
Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Pricking the Bubble of the Pundits Pride