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The Sound Bite Society

How Television Helps the Right and Hurts the Left, 1st Edition

By Jeffrey Scheuer


240 pages

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"…refreshing. Whatever your political persuasion, however, The Sound Bite Society offers an interesting… take on what shapes the politics of television." --

"Irrespective of whether one fully agrees with Scheuer's thesis, [The Sound Bite Society] will be very useful in stimulating active discussion in classes dealing with political communication and the media." -- Susan Tyler Eastman, Communication Booknotes Quarterly

"… a true intellectual discourse, an essay in the realm of ideas." -- The Jerusalem Post

"Thoughtful, in many ways amazing. Part polemic and part rainbow of dazzling insights." -- Victor Navasky, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Nation

"The most searching book I have seen on television's assault on our psyches and our society. Scheuer emerges as not only a first-rank scholar of the media but a philosopher of the media." -- Daniel Schorr, Senior Analyst, National Public Radio

"Beautifully written and powerfully argued…social criticism of the best kind." -- Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

"Breaks new intellectual ground…deeply incisive." -- Chicago Tribune

"Valuable…" -- James Fallows, Washington Monthly

"Exceptional…unusually well-argued and supported." -- The Eye, Toronto

"An insightful but profoundly unsettling volume." -- Dissent

"Scheuer aims to intrigue and provoke and he does [so] on every page." -- Boston Review

About the Author

Jeffrey Scheuer writes about politics and media. His criticism and commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and Dissent. He lives in New York City.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies