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>I'm writing a piece on television and politics in the US, focusing in
>particular on how the fact that public discourse in America occurs
>primarily through an entertainment medium affects politics. George Bush
>setting out the cultural choices before the American family as The Waltons
>vs The Simpsons, Newt Gingrich reducing complex policy issues to movies,
>Bob Dole doing Saturday Night Live etc..
 
You should check out John Fiske's new book Media Matters, with an excellent
chapter on this very issue, concerning Murphy Brown et al Family Values
stuff.
 
Also remember that Richard Nixon appeared on Laugh-In, so its not
necessarily new...
 
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