We waited until the last, last possible second to say anything about the election. And here it is, published the day before the 2012 U.S. presidential election: our exploration of what all this TV business has to do with all this political business. Basically: It’s had a bigger impact than we thought.
- Famous example: the Nixon/Kennedy debates
- The popularity of the Clinton/Bush/Perot debates, and a typo in my notes
- Cable TV and the fragmentation of political ads
- TV and the rise in personal scrutiny of politicians
- The incumbent advantage in the early days of TV
- Some trends in conservatives, liberals and moderates and their TV watching habits
- Everyone loves Mario
- Satire, politics, and hype vs. substance
- Concrete ways TV has influenced elections
- Changes to political conventions thanks to TV
- Attack ads and other ads
- Our “Why are we friends?” episode
- The Internet and how it may be influencing politics
- How did the advent of television impact politics?
- Listener mail from Stephanie, who wrote about yoga and how to make bras. Holly’s resources: Threads: The Bra Dilemma Solved as well as http://www.sewsassy.com and Jalie sewing patterns.
- Episode link: Does television run elections?
- Fox, Julia R. et al. “No Joke: A Comparison of Substance in The Daily Show with John Stewart and Broadcast Network Television Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign.” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, June 2007.
- Garrett, Kelly. “The Internet Electorate.” Communications of the ACM. March 2011.
- Prior, Markus. “The Incumbent in the Living Room: The Rise of Television and the Incumbency Advantage in U.S. House Elections.” The Journal of Politics, Vol. 68, No. 3, August 2006.
- Reilly, Ian. “Satirical Fake News and/as American Political Discourse.” The Journal of American Culture, Volume 35, Number 3, September 2012.
- Takacs, Stacy. “Burning Bush: Sitcom Treatments of the Bush Presidency.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2011.
- Wattal, Sunil, et al. Web 2.0 and Politics: The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election and an E-politics Research Agenda.” MIS Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, Dec. 2010.
- Museum of Broadcast Communications: U.S. Presidency and Television
- Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message” From Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (New York: Signet, 1964): 23-35, 63-7
- Political Attitudes in the Post-Network Era
- Effects of Electronic Media on Democratic Attitudes
- The Zogby/Lear Center Surveys on Politics and Entertainment: 2007