Download e-book for kindle: Soundbitten: The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism by Sarah Sobieraj

By Sarah Sobieraj

ISBN-10: 0814741363

ISBN-13: 9780814741368

ISBN-10: 0814741371

ISBN-13: 9780814741375

There is an complicated and infrequently invisible carnival that emerges along presidential campaigns as innumerable activist teams try and press their matters into mainstream political discourse. Sarah Sobieraj's interesting ethnographic portrait of 50 varied corporations over the process crusade cycles unearths that whereas such a lot activist teams equate political luck with media luck and channel their energies for this reason, their efforts fail to generate information insurance and are available with deleterious effects. Sobieraj indicates that activists' effect on public political debates is minimum, and punctiliously unravels the ways that their all-consuming media paintings and unrelenting public relatives technique undermine their skill to speak with pedestrians, comes on the rate of alternative political actions, and maybe such a lot perniciously, damages the teams themselves.

Weaving jointly fieldwork, information research, and in-depth interviews with activists and reporters, Soundbitten illuminates the connection among information and activist corporations. This fascinating portrait of activism within the usa lays naked the demanding situations confronted through outsiders suffering to be heard in a mass media ruled public sphere that proves exclusionary and exhibits that media-centrism isn't just useless, but in addition destructive to staff existence. Soundbitten finds why media-centered activism so usually fails, what activist teams lose within the technique, and why we should always all be concerned.

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