[Prime] Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America (English Edition) Author James Poniewozik – Intimatenights.co.uk

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America (English Edition) New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the YearWashington PostNotable Works of Nonfiction in Publishers WeeklyBest Books of the YearAn incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity presidentTelevision has entertained America, television has ensorcelled America, and with the election of Donald J Trump, television has conquered America In Audience of One, New York Times chief television critic James Poniewozik traces the history of TV and mass media from the Reagan era to today, explaining how a volcanic, camera hogging antihero merged with Americas most powerful medium to become our forty fifth presidentIn the tradition of Neil Postmans masterpiece Amusing Ourselves to Death, Audience of One shows how American media have shaped American society and politics, by interweaving two crucial stories The first story follows the evolution of television from the three network era of the th century, which joined millions of Americans in a shared monoculture, into todays zillion channel, Internet atomized universe, which sliced and diced them into fractious, alienated subcultures The second story is a cultural critique of Donald Trump, the chameleonic celebrity who courted fame, achieved a mind meld with the media beast, and rode it to ultimate powerBraiding together these disparate threads, Poniewozik combines a cultural history of modern America with a revelatory portrait of the most public American who has ever lived Reaching back to the s, when Trump and commercial television were born, Poniewozik illustrates how Donald became a character that wrote itself, a brand mascot that jumped off the cereal box and entered the world, a simulacrum that replaced the thing it represented Viscerally attuned to the media, Trump shape shifted into a boastful tabloid playboy in the s a self parodic sitcom fixture in the s a reality TV Youre Fired machine in the s and finally, the biggest role of his career, a Fox Newsobsessed, Twitter mad, culture warring demagogue in the White HousePoniewozik deconstructs the chaotic Age of Trump as thehour TV production that it is, decoding an era when politics has become pop culture, and vice versa Trenchant and often slyly hilarious, Audience of One is a penetrating and sobering review of the raucous, raging, farcical reality showperformed for the benefit of an insomniac, cable news junkie audience of onethat we all came to live in, whether we liked it or not

15 thoughts on “Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America (English Edition)

  1. Thomas J. Farrell Thomas J. Farrell says:

    I don t like Donald Trump From what I now know of his life, I don t think that I would have liked him at any time in his life, had I known him or even known of him I didn t know of him until he espoused the birther conspiracy about President Barack Obama s birth certificate.Moreover, I am sure that Trump would not have liked me at any time in my life, had he known me To him, I would have bee

  2. Drwo Drwo says:

    Too many of the books about Trump simply relate information that is already known This book outlines what one might have suspected all along but had no way to verbalize those suspicions The writer is the tv critic for the NYT and he understands television and how it has evolved with the end product being a reality television personality transferring his persona to politics and why it works And wh

  3. R. Patrick Baugh R. Patrick Baugh says:

    This book makes you wonder if a psychiatrist could give any better explanation as to how we got what we ve got I m betting no Read it and weep for our country society and what we ve become.

  4. Sagar Jethani Sagar Jethani says:

    Donald Trump can only properly be understood through the lens of television This deceptively complex thesis is argued by James Poniewozik to devastating effect in Audience of One He deftly weaves critical theory, the writings of Arendt, Gramsci, Postman, Orwell, and others, as well as dozens of TV shows over the past 50 years into a seamless tapestry against which Trump s ascendance makes sense Along with

  5. R S Cobblestone R S Cobblestone says:

    I m not a fan of Trump, but I have to say that Audience of One Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, by TV critic James Poniewozik I want to thank TV first is a pretty big leap for an author who writes I interviewed Donald Trump once, in 2003 Not a page goes by without Poniewozik reflecting on some movie, TV show, or book, from Caddyshack to Celebrity Apprentice to Duck Dynasty And I mean thi

  6. C. Collet C. Collet says:

    Easily the best book thus far on the Trump era The President is a TV character an idea far than he is an executive The problem is that his power is very real, placing our institutions at odds with the processes for selecting the people who fill them The authors case is convincing Trump is TV culture and the only way to really understand him is to place him in the context of changes to the media system Brilliantly w

  7. JVRocker75 JVRocker75 says:

    Excellent review of the history of the development of television and its impact on each of us The author adds an additional layer of how television shaped Trump Trump was shaped by his TV series, The Apprentice YOU ARE FIRED , and Trump s promotion of televised wrestling events in his Atlantic City casinos where he gave opponents silly and demeaning names This book provides an understanding of how a sizeable portion of A

  8. mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer says:

    The portions of the book that focus directly on Trump are compellingly insightful and provide a great read But throughout the book the author delves into background on his view of U.S society, television, politics, etc that is only tangentially about Trump, with no direct mention of Trump at all This tangential stuff can go on for pages Over and over again These are the parts I skimmed over quickly so I could get through the

  9. Joseph Maltby Joseph Maltby says:

    Nothing new here past the year 2000 Once you get past the chapters about Trump s early connections to TV, the book just recycles everything you ve already heard about him from liberal writers There s no new insight, and it s not like a Brooklyn TV critic would be able to tell you something new about Trump s audience anyway.

  10. reader reader says:

    My Bachelors degree was in Communications Advertising so this book was particularly interesting to me I recommend this book because I came to understand how many people saw him and how the media aided his rise to the highest office in America.

  11. Kurt Kurt says:

    I said it In the headline but now I have to fill in blather to achieve the required minimum 20 word description so will print it.

  12. Ellen B. Ellen B. says:

    Reading this brilliant book was an aha experience for me Americans love to be entertained by anti heroes who break the rules to get what they want Trump has been all over TV for the past few decades manufacturing his celebrity, and his campaign performances and promises were exactly what his followers wanted to believe Decency and facts don t matter any .

  13. Johnny Grantham Johnny Grantham says:

    For anyone curious as to how we got Donald Trump as president , this puts a lot of things in perspective I had not considered before Very well written.

  14. mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer says:

    Great book Frightening what we unleashed No way a representative of the Party he purports to lead Hope you read this book and have the courage to give the hook to this pretender and get him off the sta

  15. Edna Lee Hamel Edna Lee Hamel says:

    Good read, now I know how he was able to get elected.

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