Audience of One: Television, Donald Trump, and the Politics of Illusion (Hörbuch-Herunterladen): James Poniewozik, Matthew Josdal, HighBridge, a division of Recorded Bücher: Audible Audiobooks –

Audience of One: Television, Donald Trump, and the Politics of Illusion (Hörbuch-Download): James Poniewozik, Matthew Josdal, HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books: Audible Audiobooks Too many of the books about Trump simply relate information that is already known This book outlines what one might have suspected all along but had no way to verbalize those suspicions The writer is the tv critic for the NYT and he understands television and how it has evolved with the end product being a reality television personality transferring his persona to politics and why it works And why Donald Trump emerged at a time when, well, when he could Compelling stuff. I m not a fan of Trump, but I have to say that Audience of One Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, by TV critic James Poniewozik I want to thank TV first is a pretty big leap for an author who writes I interviewed Donald Trump once, in 2003 Not a page goes by without Poniewozik reflecting on some movie, TV show, or book, from Caddyshack to Celebrity Apprentice to Duck Dynasty And I mean this literally At this moment, I m opening the book to a random page and reading about the Late Show with David Letterman, and the next page mentions Rocky, Rocky II, The Art of the Comeback and The Art of the Deal both cowritten by Trump , and Life the Movie.Here s the point The book comes across as a tribute to Poniewozik s career as a film critic, and less about understanding Donald Trump It got annoying Not everyone watched or watches The Apprentice, or Murphy Brown, or Fox and Friends The book will make no sense in a couple of decades, when all those TV shows are long forgotten It s not a scholarly work. This book makes you wonder if a psychiatrist could give any better explanation as to how we got what we ve got I m betting no Read it and weep for our country society and what we ve become. Donald Trump can only properly be understood through the lens of television This deceptively complex thesis is argued by James Poniewozik to devastating effect in Audience of One He deftly weaves critical theory, the writings of Arendt, Gramsci, Postman, Orwell, and others, as well as dozens of TV shows over the past 50 years into a seamless tapestry against which Trump s ascendance makes sense Along with Ta Nehisi Coates brilliant essay, The First White President, Audience of One is required reading for those trying to understand the Trump phenomenon.Highly recommended. Excellent review of the history of the development of television and its impact on each of us The author adds an additional layer of how television shaped Trump Trump was shaped by his TV series, The Apprentice YOU ARE FIRED , and Trump s promotion of televised wrestling events in his Atlantic City casinos where he gave opponents silly and demeaning names This book provides an understanding of how a sizeable portion of America s culture has changed to where Trump s impulsive behavior is now accepted by many If you want to understand how our society is changing and how our democracy is in danger, this book is required reading. Easily the best book thus far on the Trump era The President is a TV character an idea far than he is an executive The problem is that his power is very real, placing our institutions at odds with the processes for selecting the people who fill them The authors case is convincing Trump is TV culture and the only way to really understand him is to place him in the context of changes to the media system Brilliantly written and theoretically indispensable. An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president In the tradition of Neil Postman s masterpiece Amusing Ourselves to Death, Audience of One shows how American media have shaped American society and politics, by interweaving two crucial stories The first story follows the evolution of television from the three network era of the th century, which joined millions of Americans in a shared monoculture, into today s zillion channel, internet atomized universe, which sliced and diced them into fractious, alienated subcultures The second story is a cultural critique of Donald Trump Reaching back to the s, when Trump and commercial television were born, Poniewozik illustrates how Donald became a character that wrote itself, a brand mascot that jumped off the cereal box and entered the world, a simulacrum that replaced the thing it represented Viscerally attuned to the media, Trump shape shifted into a boastful tabloid playboy in the s a self parodic sitcom fixture in the s a reality TV You re Fired machine in the s and finally, the biggest role of his career, a Fox News obsessed, Twitter mad, culture warring demagogue in the White House The portions of the book that focus directly on Trump are compellingly insightful and provide a great read But throughout the book the author delves into background on his view of U.S society, television, politics, etc that is only tangentially about Trump, with no direct mention of Trump at all This tangential stuff can go on for pages Over and over again These are the parts I skimmed over quickly so I could get through the book But I am glad I got through it. Nothing new here past the year 2000 Once you get past the chapters about Trump s early connections to TV, the book just recycles everything you ve already heard about him from liberal writers There s no new insight, and it s not like a Brooklyn TV critic would be able to tell you something new about Trump s audience anyway. My Bachelors degree was in Communications Advertising so this book was particularly interesting to me I recommend this book because I came to understand how many people saw him and how the media aided his rise to the highest office in America.

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