[KB] Questions for discussion at my panel
Edward C Appel
edwardcappel at frontier.com
Mon Jun 5 11:05:06 EDT 2017
Great questions, Herb! Thanks a bunch. Looking forward to our panel.
On Mon, 6/5/17, HERBERT W. Simons <hsimons at temple.edu> wrote:
Subject: Questions for discussion at my panel
To: "Edward C Appel" <edwardcappel at frontier.com>
Cc: "Cem Zeytinoglu" <czeytinogl at po-box.esu.edu>, "David Blakesley" <dblakes at clemson.edu>, "gayle simons" <gaylesimons at yahoo.com>, kb at kbjournal.org, "David C. Williams" <dcwill at fau.edu>
Date: Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:48 AM
KB CONFERENCE Session on
TRUMP Herb Simons
What does discourse about Trump in the media
tell us about who “we” are? Who “they” are? i.e. our
beliefs and values;
What roles are played by money and power: e.g.,
in the GOP on issues like climate control?
Assess U,S. news media re Trump, including SMS,
Cable, social media, radio. How did GOP achieve control? Was
Edelman right on
media?: a passing parade of symbols? Ritual elements?
Theater? Dramatic in
outline; empty of detail?
Investigative journalism: liberal? Unbalanced?
Is there a deep state in the U.S.? A media elite?
Intel CIA, academies?? FBI,infotainment?
Role of old money?Do we amuse ourselves to death?
RE explaining Trump what’s Rhet theory/crit’s
Mercieca on threats, appeals to pity? Ad hominem?
Ad populum? Trish Roberts on demagoguery. Trump as cult
Appel & others on burlesque, truthful
hyperbole, ridicule, satire, role of political
Fishman on Trump’s boasts—e.g. I’m rich; I own
them; they owe me.
What can (or does) Burkean theory/criticism
contribute? E.g., Dramatism,Perspetive by incongruity, 4
Hitler’s “battle”, paradox,
What’s admirable about Trump? What’s the secret
of his allure? His power to persuade? His distinctive
successes with the white working class? With evangelicals?
The investigations of Trump & CO’s alleged
Impeachment debates; the obstruction of justice
issue? Trump & Putin& other Russians; Trump &
Subverting the Presidential election
How will it all turn out?
Herbert W. Simons,
Emeritus Professor of Communication
Dep't of Strategic Communication, Weiss Hall 215
Temple University, Philadelphia 19122
Home phone: 215 844 5969
Academic Fellow, Center for Transformative Strategic
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