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Becoming Citizens in the Age of Television How Americans Challenged the Media and Seized Political Initiative During the Iran-Contra Debate cover
  • ISBN: 9780226794716
  • ISBN10: 0226794717

Becoming Citizens in the Age of Television How Americans Challenged the Media and Seized Political Initiative During the Iran-Contra Debate

by David Thelen

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 09/01/1996
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Thelen argues that the self-referential world of politics and journalism during elections excludes the concerns and voices of Americans, resulting in lower voter turnouts and increased voter apathy. Televised hearings and trials, however -- from O.J. Simpson to Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas to Oliver North and Iran-Contra -- have ignited storms of controversy and public debate. Focusing upon the spontaneous, unmediated reactions of American citizens to these events, Thelen discovers a new kind of political participation in which Americans shape their interventions.
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