Media and the Restyling of Politics
Consumerism, Celebrity and Cynicism
- John Corner - University of Leeds, UK
- Dick Pels - Brunel University, UK
Media and the Restyling of Politics brings together the work of leading academics in media and cultural studies to pursue an agenda of research, analysis and debate about the changing nature of political culture and its mediation. The contributors question the ways in which emerging forms of political style relate not only to new conventions of celebrity and publicity but to ideas about representation, citizenship and the democratic process. Topics covered include: celebrity politicians, the marketing of politics, identity and popular culture.
"The authors deal with a number of important concepts- e.g., aesthetic politics, celebrity politician, cool politics, the president as 'entertainer-in-chief,' 'the supermarket state,' permanent campaigns, and political brands- and discuss their implementation and far-reaching sociocultural implications... this work deserves to be widely read, especially during election seasons. Highly recommend."