Barack Obama 2: The Media’s Red Carpet

It is a truism to say that the media is influential in politics. But there is no doubting that its power to mesmerize and acclimatize contributed to Obama’s election. Having focused yesterday on the way in which Obama both innately and deliberately sought to build bridges across community divides and with historical landmarks (as described in David Remnick’s remarkable book The Bridge), I want to pick up on how he was able to surf the media’s wave all the way into Pennsylvania Avenue. (more…)

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Everything Bad is Good For You

Have recently finished reading Steven Johnson's 2004 book on pop culture: Everything Bad is Good For You. A fascinating read - and certainly helps to explain the prevailing resurgence in TV programming (and makes me feel a bit better about my…

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