Democratic rhetoric and emergent media: the marketing of participatory community on radio and the Internet

Spinelli, Martin (2000) Democratic rhetoric and emergent media: the marketing of participatory community on radio and the Internet. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 3 (2). pp. 268-278. ISSN 1367-8779

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Abstract

This article offers a comparative analysis of the promotional rhetorics that surround the emergent media of radio and the Internet in the USA. It details the development of each rhetoric, provides an analysis of their ideological underpinnings and suggests that given the emphasis on the `virtual in Internet theory and promotion our current communication utopia will come to resemble its predecessor: a literal `no place in which the word `democracy becomes a consumption-based parody of what might have been the mediums actual democratic potential. The analysis of radios promotional rhetoric studies the writing and speeches of the National Broadcasting Company/Radio Corporation of America leader David Sarnoff, the newspaper editor Martin Codel, the educator Joy Elmer Morgan and the psychologist and media analyst Rudolf Arnheim. The examination of the Internet takes up the work of former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore and Internet theorist Howard Rheingold

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Martin Spinelli
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:42
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 14:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17843
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