Modern Politics and Modern Communications

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Essay #: 059366
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Modern Politics and Modern Communications
Joshua
Meyrowitz
(1985), in No Sense of Place, and in particular the chapter “Lowering the Political Hero to Our Level,” begins his argument with an observation: it is: “All our recent Presidents have been plagued with problems of ‘credibility’” (p. 268). The statement suggests that there is something challenging about modernity in regard to politics; further, that there is something particularly challenging for the individual leader in the modern political environment. This particular challenge may be explained by the advances in media and communications technology. No longer is a leader isolated. No longer is he/ she the master of their own image. That image is instead developed and altered by...
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.....pulation of his image. That experience certainly gave him the ability to interact more easily with the new media – and, in turn – manipulate that same media with a greater ease. For, Reagan new that media were but instruments of the same force that has always affected politics – the human. The only caution that would be charged to No Sense of Place is to separate the human from modern technology. The changing face of communications and media does not necessarily mean an end to rhetoric – and if it does, it is an end that marks also a beginning. Indeed, the absolute end of rhetoric will probably never be recorded, as it would mean the simultaneous end of the human.
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Meyrowitz
, J. (1985). No sense of place. New York: Oxford UP.