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2004 Presidential Campaign

by Robert E. Jr. Denton, Robert E. Denton

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Pages: 376
Paperback
ISBN: 9780742535718






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Overview of 2004 Presidential Campaign

Presidential campaigns are our national conversations—the widespread and complex communication of issues, images, social reality, and personas. In 2004, more people participated in the conversation, as voter numbers in every demographic group increased to levels of the 1970s. Here, political communication specialists break down the 2004 presidential campaign and go beyond the quantitative facts, electoral counts, and poll results of the election. Factoring in everything from "527" groups to Fahrenheit 9/11, they look at the early campaign period, the nomination process and conventions, the social and political context, the debates, the role of candidate spouses, candidate strategies, political advertising, and the use of the Internet. This enlightening book shows why more technology doesn't always mean more effective communication and how, as we attempt to make sense of our environment, we collect "political bits" of communication that comprise our voting choices, worldviews, and legislative desires.

Synopsis of 2004 Presidential Campaign

Political communication specialists break down the 2004 presidential campaign and go beyond the quantitative facts, electoral counts, and poll results of the election. Factoring in everything from _527_ groups to Fahrenheit 9/11, they look at the early campaign period, the nomination process, conventions, social and political contexts, the debates, the role of candidate spouses, candidate strategies, political advertising, and the use of the Internet. This enlightening book shows why more technology doesn't always mean more effective communication and how we collect _political bits_ of communication that comprise our voting choices, worldviews, and legislative desires.

About the Author, Robert E. Jr. Denton

Robert E. Denton, Jr., is the W. Thomas Rice Chair and director for the Center for Leader Development at Virginia Tech.

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CHOICE

The thirteen chapters by a broad range of scholars do a good job of analyzing one mega-event from a wide variety of perspectives without stepping on one another's intellectual toes. Using a mix of empirical and qualitative approaches, the selections take on enduring topics (political conventions, presidential debates, the Electoral College, and campaign television advertising) but augment these discussions with innovative and emerging topics (cyberpolitics, campaign films, campaigns in popular culture, and the role of first ladies as communicators). The selections are well written. . . . Recommended.

Choice

The thirteen chapters by a broad range of scholars do a good job of analyzing one mega-event from a wide variety of perspectives without stepping on one another's intellectual toes. Using a mix of empirical and qualitative approaches, the selections take on enduring topics (political conventions, presidential debates, the Electoral College, and campaign television advertising) but augment these discussions with innovative and emerging topics (cyberpolitics, campaign films, campaigns in popular culture, and the role of first ladies as communicators). The selections are well written. . . . Recommended.

Gary Woodward

This timely study provides a valuable scholarly reprieve from the daily journalism that still shapes our understanding of the 2004 elections. Denton has assembled a group of seasoned and thoughtful communication scholars who dispassionately assess elements of what was a white-hot campaign. With admirable clarity they place the battle for the White House in the essential contexts of its pivotal moments and its role as a measure of recent shifts in the national mood. Readers will find reasons for both hope and concern in this book’s insightful discussion of the evolving machinery of presidential elections.

Larry J. Sabato

Bob Denton has assembled a terrific team of academics to take a look back at the critical election of 2004. The volume is brimming with instructive political insights about one of the most heated presidential elections of our lifetime. Billions of dollars were spent to convince Americans to vote for Bush or Kerry, and this book helps explain the communication strategies at work behind the scenes and on TV. What a perfect, timely book for a wide range of both undergraduate and graduate politics courses!

Jim Kuypers

As usual, Bob Denton delivers a quality project. This edited volume brings together the usual suspects along with a liberal sprinkling of new talent. Although each chapter reflects well the personalities of the authors, the writing is of uniform high quality—a mark of a Denton edition. Advanced undergraduates as well as academic professionals will benefit from this book.

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