Twentieth Century America, witnessed the rise of electronic television technologies that brought show business entertainment to politics. Television spawned a new generation of image politics that transformed political messages, and subsequently American politics.
In Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman suggests that, “Typography once dictated the style of conducting politics … [but] television now takes command.” Television brought political speakers to an intimate distance from citizens, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman observed in The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists, and the Stories That Shaped the Political World. “Television made political speech more personal, more self-disclosive, and more conversational in style.”
Postman asserts that the discourse on television is empty of ideological content and historical context. There is no contextual basis created for remembering – no theory, vision or metaphor, because television creates a “continuous, incoherent present” in which history does not exist.
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