By Gary W. Selnow
Fifty years in the past, the political whistle-stop travel used to be therefore named simply because trains blew their whistles two times while making unscheduled stops in backwater cities. Like its far-off cousin, the digital whistle-stop brings the candidate's message on to the folk, yet with one impressive distinction: the hot whistle-stop bargains politicians an accuracy, potency, and luck at voter persuasian unbelievable to by means of previous whistle-stoppers comparable to Harry Truman.As Selnow exhibits, American political campaigns have a unprecedented affinity for digital units. they've got seized upon digital bulletin forums, domestic pages, and digital libraries. considering the fact that political campaigns are conversation campaigns, Selnow concludes that applicants who effectively tell, convince, enlighten, or even confuse electorate will win votes. Selnow additionally examines the talk among those that argue that new applied sciences have more advantageous potency and those that think that the thoughts have affected society in alternative ways. students and scholars of yank political verbal exchange needs to learn this e-book; the vigorous sort also will make it fascinating examining for a person drawn to this new political software.
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How do these and other information sources convince a voter to make a decision? The shelves hold an inventory of theories and models, each claiming to account for the influences on voting behavior. The prize is huge for the ones that work. Implicit in the choice is power: the campaign consultant who understands the calculus of forces in political persuasion, it is thought, can manipulate the variables with predictable outcomes. In practice, however, those outcomes have been less than satisfying.
Several characteristics emerged. The affected voters, as you would guess, found their opinion leaders highly competent, that is, knowledgeable and skilled in their judgments. They were seen as capable of evaluating the evidence and drawing correct conclusions. Second, the persuaded ones trusted their opinion leaders because they shared the values and the goals of the group. Unions call this solidarity; at least they did before leaders began earning corporate-size salaries. Third, those who were persuaded valued physical contact with the persuaders in group activity.
Network television aggregates audiences with common-denominator programming; the Internet splits audiences with special-interest attractions. Moreover, the Internet arrives at a time when we are immersed again in a centuries-old political debate about individual vs. community rights. After all this time, we have not yet settled on the apportionment of these rights. Public sentiment runs hot and cold, and most recently—since the 1980s—a rightward pull from lawmakers has moved the population perceptibly toward the view that the unfettered pursuit of self-interests will, in the end, work to the greater good of the community.
Electronic Whistle-Stops: The Impact of the Internet on American Politics (Praeger Series in Political Communication) by Gary W. Selnow