DiscoverThe Ezra Klein ShowWhy liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)
Why liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)

Why liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)

Update: 2019-06-2013
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The debate over polarized media can make the two ecosystems sound equivalent. One is left, the other right, but otherwise they’re the same. That couldn’t be more wrong. They’re structured differently, they work differently, they value different things, they’re built atop different aesthetics. And behind all these differences is something we don’t talk about enough: their audiences, and what those audiences demand.

Danna Young is an associate professor of communications at the University of Delaware and author of the forthcoming Irony and Outrage, a fascinating study of the differing aesthetics of the left and right media universes, and how those differences are rooted in the psychological composition of their audiences. This is tricky stuff to talk about, but it’s necessary for understanding why political media looks the way it does today.

Book recommendations:
Constructing the Political Spectacle by Murray Edelman
The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility by Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj
Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics by Nicole Hemmer
Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States by Danna Young (pre-order)
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Tom Garundazoo

it's a common thing but I think it's dumb to reinforce this idea of left and right as these clear unambiguous concepts that can be used continuously without any dissection. it creates a narrow minded unconcious dogmatic paradigm of the possibilities of the world. If you're going to use 'left' and 'right' like in this show I think you should explain how you see the terms. You can be an advocate for free market reforms and concerned about the environment. You can be an authoritarian socialist. You can be concerned about climate change but not care about species extinction, sure people tend to group think/be tribal. but I would have thought a show like this would be about not reinforcing unthinking group think

Jun 23rd
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Why liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)

Why liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)

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