Convenient, entertaining, and provocative, talk radio today is
unapologetically ideological. Focusing on Rush Limbaugh -- the
medium's most influential talk show -- Rushed to Judgment
systematically examines the politics of persuasion at play on our
nation's radio airwaves and asks a series of important questions.
Does listening to talk radio change the way people think about
politics, or are listeners' attitudes a function of the
self-selecting nature of the audience? Does talk radio enhance
understanding of public issues or serve as a breeding ground for
misunderstanding? Can talk radio serve as an agent of deliberative
democracy, spurring Americans to open, public debate? Or will talk
radio only aggravate the divisive partisanship many Americans decry
in poll after poll? The time is ripe to evaluate the effects of a
medium whose influence has yet to be fully reckoned with.
Subjects: Political Science, Sociology, Technology, Language & Literature
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