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The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance

The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance (Hardback)

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This book tells how Reagan's immersion in an electronic media culture of performance shaped his political career. When Ronald Reagan first entered politics in 1965, his public profile as a performer in radio, film, television, and advertising and his experience in public relations proved invaluable political assets. By the time he left office in 1989, the media in which he trained had become the primary source for generating and wielding political power. "The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance" reveals how the systematic employment of the techniques and technologies of mass-media performance contributed to Reagan's rise to power and defined his style of governance. The President Electric stands out among books on Reagan as the first to bring the rich insights of the field of performance studies to an understanding of the Reagan phenomenon, connecting Reagan's training in electronic media to the 19th-century notion of the 'fiat of electricity' - the emerging sociopolitical power of three entities (mechanical science, corporate capitalism, and mass culture) that electric technology made possible.

The book describes how this new regime of cultural and political representation shaped the development of the electronic mass media that transformed American culture and politics and educated Ronald Reagan for his future role as president.

Film, TV & DramaTheatreHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical leaders & leadership Publisher: The University of Michigan Press Publication Date: 01/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9780472070732  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Timothy Raphael is Assistant Professor of Theater & Performance Studies at Georgetown University.

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